By Claudia Mathis
Even though Barbara Sugar was surprised that she was appointed to the position of principal at Trinity Catholic School in Oswego, she believes that it is part of God’s plan. Sugar is succeeding Joe Lazarski, who has served as principal since 2010.
“Lazarski encouraged me to apply for the job,” said Sugar. She has served as Trinity Catholic’s art teacher for the last 22 years. “It was a tough decision to leave the art room,” she said. “But I put it in God’s hands.”
A native of Oswego, Sugar holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Oswego, where she has also completed 18 hours of graduate work.
After graduating from college in 1973, Sugar taught fifth grade at St. Paul’s Academy in Oswego for two years. After spending some time as a stay-at-home mom raising her three children, Sugar worked as a substitute teacher at St. Paul’s Academy for the next three years before taking on the position of art teacher at Trinity Catholic School.
An accomplished educator, Sugar received the Syracuse Diocese Northern Region Teacher of the Year Award in 1993 and the Walmart Teacher of the Year Award in 1997. She has served as teacher representative on the Trinity Catholic School Board since 1999 and on the school’s Annual Fund Committee and the Scholarship Committee since 2006.
Sugar is an active member of her parish, St. Paul’s in Oswego.
Sugar said that she is excited about the challenges of her new position, but at the same time, she is nervous about the unknown. She said that she would rely heavily on her faith in God when facing the challenges inherent in her new role. “He brought me here, and I expect His total support,” she said.
Sugar feels she has the advantage of knowing the people she will be in charge of and also of being familiar with the day-to-day administration at Trinity Catholic School.
As far as the challenges, Sugar said she would employ her usual plan of attack. She examines the facts and then the whole picture. “I’ll do what’s best for the school,” Sugar said.
“The school is in a good place right now,” commented Sugar. “Our enrollment has increased — 20 students in the last two years.”
In addition, improvements have recently been made to the school building, notably the renovation of the library. “I want the library to be a focal point for our students and parents,” Sugar said. “We’ve created a very warm atmosphere for them.”
Sugar is presently developing her goals for the new school year.
Christopher Mominey, Superintendent of Schools, is pleased that Trinity Catholic School will be managed by Sugar. “Trinity is so fortunate that such a qualified successor to Joe Lazarski was found right in the halls of the school!” said Mominey. “Barb Sugar is a well respected community member, a seasoned faculty member, and has always been a leader in her own right, even as a teacher at Trinity. Now she is being empowered to take those leadership skills into the principal’s role and take our Catholic school in Oswego to the next level.”