Matthew Sanders, most recently an assistant principal at William Floyd High School, has been named the next principal of William Floyd Middle School, succeeding Carolyn Schick, who announced earlier in the month that she would be retiring at the end of the summer after serving as the school’s principal since its opening in 2003.

Sanders has served the William Floyd School District for the past 16 years He has been a special education teacher, extracurricular advisor, union representative and coach.

“Mr. Sanders has established himself as a highly-respected and ethical leader approaching all situations with careful deliberation and sound judgment,” said Kathleen Keane, the district’s assistant superintendent for secondary instruction and administration. “He has been successful in all of his roles throughout his career and we are excited to work with him in this new capacity.”

As principal, Sanders will lead a school of more than 1,100 students in grades six through eight, with 80 faculty and 50 professional staff members.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in partnership with all members of the William Floyd Middle School community,” Sanders said in a statement. “Together with the faculty and staff, we will continue to cultivate a positive atmosphere where all students can prosper both academically and socially. It is my goal to help students prepare to become successful in high school and beyond.”

Sanders earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Providence College and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. He also holds advanced certificates in school building leadership and school district leadership from Stony Brook University.