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Highland Welcomes New Business Administrator

The Highland Central School District Board of Education appointed Victoria McLaren as its new Business Administrator at its February 9 meeting. McLaren is replacing Lissa Jilek, who has accepted a job closer to her home in a neighboring county. She expects to assume her new position by May 10.   

McLaren is coming to Highland from the Onteora Central School District, where she has served as Superintendent of Schools since July 2017. She was previously Onteora’s Assistant Superintendent for Business, a post she assumed in November 2004.

Prior to joining Onteora’s team, McLaren worked as the School Business Manager for the Webutuck Central School District and held various positions at International Business Machines (IBM) and a local bank.

After 16 years at Onteora, McLaren says she was ready for a change that would allow her more time with her fifth-grade son, who attends school in the Kingston City School District. “Like many people, I have reassessed my personal priorities because of the pandemic. I jumped at the chance to return to my first professional passion, business and finance, and to work with Superintendent Bongiovi, whom I’ve come to know quite well through our mutual attendance at school administrator meetings.”

McLaren is looking forward to tackling new challenges. “I am very excited to begin putting my experience and skills to work at Highland, which is an excellent school district and a wonderful community. My goal will be to help the school district in its ongoing efforts to implement sound fiscal policies while delivering the best education possible to its students.”

McLaren, who graduated from Kingston High School, holds a BS in Business Economics from SUNY Oneonta, an MBA from Marist College, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Business Administration from SUNY New Paltz.

A graduate of a leadership academy sponsored by the New York State Association of School Business Officials, McLaren holds a School Business Administrator Permanent Certificate as well as a School District Administrator Permanent Certificate.

In her spare time, McLaren enjoys biking, running, and spending time with her son, husband, and Jack Russell Terrier. She also enjoys horseback riding (she owns three horses) on her family’s property in Ulster Park.

Welcome to the Husky pack, Victoria! Highland is happy to have you.