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LeRoy Junior/Senior High School Principal Tim McArdle is getting settled into the job he officially started last Tuesday, and he’s trying a new approach to reach out to the community …with ice cream.

“I’m very excited to meet our students," he said. "It’s tough to do that in the summer when it’s just adults working in the building, so I’m throwing an opportunity for students out there to come in and meet with me. I figured ice cream would be the best way to recruit them on these hot summer days.”

Students and their families are invited to an ice cream social July 30-August 1 starting with grades 7-8, then 9-10 and 11-12 for an ice cream social at the cafeteria from 12-1.

McArdle says getting to know his students is his top priority.

“The whole focus is to informally meet-and-greet with students," he said. "I have a presentation geared towards each grade group to go over some things and set the table and get them ready to go for coming into September.”

McArdle, who lives in Caledonia with his wife and two children and says he's looking forward to a five minute commute, has experience in a rural, suburban and a city district. He was most recently the assistant principal at Batavia Middle School for the past three years.

With the Common Core Curriculum being implemented for both the middle and high school, McArdle says he also wants to get on the same page with teachers, administrators and families to make sure everyone’s up to date.

As another outreach event with faculty and staff, McArdle says he’s inviting them and their families to a tailgate before the first LeRoy football game of the year.

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