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New Middle School Principal Selected By Croton-Harmon Board Of Education

Michael F. Plotkin
Michael F. Plotkin Photo Credit: Provided

Michael F. Plotkin has been named the new principal at Croton-Harmon’s Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School, effective July 1. 

Plotkin, who has served as PVC’s assistant principal for the last decade, will replace Dr. Barbara Ulm, who announced her retirement last fall.

“The Board of Education is pleased to select Mr. Plotkin as PVC’s new principal, and we look forward to bringing his many ideas and plans to fruition as he builds on the sturdy framework that Dr. Ulm so carefully constructed during her years as principal,” said Iris Bugliosi, Board of Education President. 

Superintendent of Schools Edward R. Fuhrman, Jr., who also will be retiring at the end of the school year, said that Plotkin would be the perfect choice to head up PVC.

“Mike is a middle-years expert who is child-centered. His passion and dedication will lead PVC forward.” said Dr. Fuhrman. “We are pleased to select him as the new principal.”

As assistant principal, Plotkin has worked with the teaching staff and Dr. Ulm at PVC to organize a grade 5 through 8 advisory committee that writes and updates the school’s curriculum, used SMART Goals and Frameworks for Teaching to direct his own professional growth and that of PVC teachers, implemented the school’s student-centered recess program, and chaired the school’s Response to Intervention and Olweus Bullying Prevention committees.

“I am honored to be transitioning into the role of principal of Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School,” Plotkin said. “For the last decade, I have worked to create a middle school that puts learning and the social-emotional growth of students as its paramount function. I am dedicated and determined to build on these achievements and work with the community to ensure that our children have a great middle school experience. I am also thankful and humbled by the support I have received from this community and my colleagues.” 

Plotkin, who lives in Holmes, earned a BA and an MA, both in history, from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. He went on to the Columbia University Teachers College Future School Administrator’s Academy in 2005, where he earned certifications as a New York State School District Administrator and a New York State School Administrator/Supervision. 

Plotkin also was recognized as Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year in 2015 by the School Administrators Association of New York State/National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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