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Jacqueline Bull and Karen Marchioli
William Street School Principal Jacqueline Bull Recognized

As she was recognized for her work as principal of William Street School, Jacqueline Bull gave credit to the family members, teachers, staff, principals and fellow administrators that she learned from during a career spanning more than three decades.

“It’s not a one person award,” Bull said. “It’s the culmination of lots of people I’ve been able to work with.”

Bull received the 2024 Elementary School Principal of the Year Award from Region 12 of the School Administrators Association of New York State during its Awards Dinner on May 16.

Bull, a member of the Lancaster Central School District for 19 years, was credited with always looking for ways to improve the school’s offerings for students. Among those changes in recent years are a reconfiguration of the sixth grade schedule along with an expansion of Project Lead the Way, which prepares students for futures in technology and engineering. The school has also started new classes in subjects like leadership, health and arts, and created an accelerated math program.

“It’s ever changing, and that’s who we are,” Bull said. “We’re constantly reassessing where we are and the culture here, and we see how we can grow from there.”

Bull, who has also served as president of the Lancaster Administrative and Supervisory Association for the last three years, said she found early inspiration in her father, an attendance teacher in the city of Buffalo.

“I was raised having a strong work ethic and values and a belief that all children can learn,” she said. “My parents instilled in us the importance of education.”

Karen Marchioli, the district’s Director of Elementary Education, said Bull had a work ethic and drive that was tough to find, and a commitment to putting students first.

“To have the relationships and the organizational skills and the vision and forethought, all of the things that go into leading that building, it’s beyond words how impressive that is,” Marchioli said.

Beyond her work at William Street School, Marchioli noted many of Bull’s former assistant principals have gone on to lead schools themselves.

“She’s not only impacting students in Lancaster, but also in other school districts around the region,” Marchioli said.

Bull gave her thanks to all of those who supported her and William Street School’s work, and said the Lancaster Central School District was a place that brings together great talent across the organization, from its classrooms to its clerical offices to its Facilities and Transportation Departments.

“This is the culmination of the work of all of us,” Bull said. “This is a district that maintains and supports a multitude of programs where everyone can flourish.”

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