Schalmont High School will have a new principal next year.
The Board of Education on Tuesday approved the appointment of Imran Abbasi as the new principal effective Aug. 1. He comes to the district from Clayton A. Bouton High School in Voorheesville, where he has been principal since 2010.
“We’ve very excited to have him join us,” said Superintendent Carol Pallas.
Abbasi replaces the retiring Terence Nash, who has been in his current role since 1999.
Abbasi said he is eager to start his new position with Schalmont.
“They’ve got a really good reputation. I think the sense of community is really big. I live in Schenectady so it’s close to home,” he said.
He said he plans to be very visible at Schalmont events and has a strong rapport with students.
Before his current position, Abbasi served from 2008 to 2010 as assistant principal for middle schools in the Niskayuna Central School District. Before that, he spent one year as assistant principal of the middle and high school in the Cairo-Durham School District. From 2001 to 2007, he was a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Bethlehem Middle School and spent one year as an alternative education teacher at the Philip Livingston Magnet Academy in Albany.
Abbasi earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies and his master’s in curriculum development and instructional technology at the University at Albany. He is expected to complete a doctoral program at UAlbany in educational administration and policy studies in 2014.
He and his wife, Melissa, have a 5-year-old son, Callum.
Abbasi will earn a salary of roughly $106,000, which is step 10 on the administrator’s scale, because of his previous experience.