When 2017 officially arrives, Draper Middle School will see a few changes in its leadership team.
Draper’s current principal, Debra Male, will be retiring from her position at the district at the end of this month, following 22 years of service at Mohonasen. Mrs. Male was first hired at the district in 1994 and later joined Mohonasen’s administrative team in 2003.
Richard Arket, Draper’s current assistant principal who joined the school’s leadership team at the start of the 2016-17 school year, will transition into his new role as principal come January.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Draper’s principal,” Mr. Arket commented. “I am excited to work with faculty, staff and the larger Mohonasen community in a collective effort toward providing our students with the best education that we can offer.”
Taking Mr. Arket’s former position as assistant principal will be a newcomer to the district – Kristy Goergen. Most recently, she worked as a seventh and eighth grade self-contained teacher with Lancaster Middle School and a fifth grade resource room teacher for William Street School, both located in Lancaster, New York. Previously, Mrs. Goergen served as an adjunct professor in special education for Daemen College. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Daemen College and her master’s degree in special education from the University at Albany. She is certified as an elementary education and special education teacher. Mrs. Goergen will be working closely with Mr. Arket in the month of December to prepare for her official arrival at Draper following the holiday recess.
“We are confident that this new administrative team will strengthen the quality of academics and the student experience at Draper,” Superintendent Kathleen Spring said. “Their complimentary skills and experiences will help foster a smooth transition that builds upon Mrs. Male’s many contributions to the school.”