Queensbury appoints new director of instructional technology

John LuthringerThe Queensbury Board of Education appointed John Luthringer as the district’s Director of Instructional Technology during its regular evening meeting on Monday, March 11. Luthringer began his tenure in the district in 2008 as a fourth grade teacher at the William H. Barton Intermediate School. In addition to his time in the classroom at WHBI, Luthringer was the chairperson for the intermediate school’s Shared Decision Making Team, a grade level leader for English Language Arts, a K-12 Annual Professional Performance Review chairperson and an administrative intern. Luthringer became the WHBI assistant principal in 2014 and the building principal in 2016, a role he will remain in until the end of this school year.

“I have been able to call the WHBI my home for the last 11 years of my career, and while I am excited about this new opportunity, this is a bittersweet moment for me,” said Luthringer. “I have developed so many wonderful relationships in this building and it is the students, staff, and parents I will miss most. As I look ahead, I will always cherish the moments we have made together and will use them as a positive influence during this time of transition. I feel fortunate that I am able to continue to dedicate myself to the mission and goals of our district and look forward to supporting all of our students, staff, and parents in this new role.”

As Director of Instructional Technology, Luthringer will take over the role currently held by Matt Hladun, who has been with the district for 16 years. Hladun has accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at the Averill Park Central School District.

Some of the technological highlights of Luthringer’s 11-year tenure at Queensbury schools include: implementing the Project Lead the Way science modules; establishing the take-home Chromebook Techknow initiative at WHBI; co-leading the K-12 District Technology Renewal and Science Renewal processes; assisting with the transition to computer-based testing for NYS assessments, and continuing the development of student-centered makerspaces for innovation. Luthringer also has his NYS Professional Certification as a School District Leader.

“Unfortunately for Queensbury, we’ll be losing a very talented and very dedicated Director of Technology in Matt Hladun,” said Superintendent Dr. Douglas Huntley. “Fortunately, our current WHBI principal has the skills, knowledge and expertise necessary to continue to move our instructional technology to higher levels. John Luthringer is an excellent fit for this position and will build on an already strong technological foundation in this district.”

The candidate search and interview process for a new WHBI principal will begin this spring to ensure a smooth transition on July 1.