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Sherman principal Ginestre named new superintendent

May 19, 2016
By David Prenatt ( , Westfield Republican

SHERMAN - Sherman Central School District will soon be losing its superintendent but a familiar face will be stepping up to fill the gap.

At a special meeting Monday morning, the Board of Education voted to appoint Sherman's current principal, Michael V. Ginestre, to succeed Kaine Kelly in the position of district superintendent, effective July 1. The board also appointed CSE/CPSE coordinator Bryna M. Booth to become the new PreK-12 principal.

"I was honored that the board would consider me for the position." Ginestre said. "I love Sherman and I want to continue on with the good work we have been doing here."

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Michael V. Ginestre is the new Sherman school district superintendent. He was formerly PreK-12 principal at Sherman.

Ginestre said he believes Sherman to be a "unique school" that keeps its focus on the success of the student. "I could not be more excited and thankful to continue the work we are doing in a school with a Board of Education that is solely focused on the progress of our students, a faculty that is professional and set on nurturing the whole child, and a staff that puts the good of the school ahead of everything else."

Board President Brian Bates said the board believes Ginestre was the perfect choice to guide the district. "The Board of Education at Sherman is proud the direction our school has taken the past several years," he said. "By hiring Mr. Ginestre as our next superintendent, we achieve a continuity of leadership and continue to work with a school leader who is familiar with what it takes for Sherman students to achieve at high levels."

Kelly recently announced he will be leaving Sherman to take on the position of superintendent for the Randolph School District, effective July 1. "I am very pleased that the Board of Education has set a plan for the future that will ensure the good work that is happening here will continue without a hitch long into the future," Kelly said. "Mr. Ginestre would be a top candidate in any superintendent's search. The Sherman Central School District is lucky to have him. He possesses all of the necessary attributes for great success."

Ginestre has worked in Sherman for the past four years as its preK-12 Principal. Prior to working in Sherman, he taught social studies at Falconer Central School. There, he was the head varsity football coach and girls basketball coach. He also spent seven years teaching at St. John Fisher College before making the switch to secondary education.

Ginestre received his Bachelor's Degree from St. John Fisher College. He holds a Master's Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies from Niagara University. He also holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from St. John Fisher College.

Ginestre said he was very pleased to have Booth succeed him as principal. Mrs. Booth has worked tirelessly on behalf of the students of Sherman for the past six years," said Mr. Ginestre. "Her previous position as CSE Chair and Curriculum coordinator prepared her tremendously for the job of principal. She brings an unrivaled work ethic, a strong curriculum background, and a student-first mentality that will move the school forward."

Booth is also no stranger to the district. She has worked as the Committee on Special Education (CSE) Chair and curriculum coordinator at the school for the past two years. Prior to that position, she taught fourth grade and 5/6 English Language Arts at Sherman.

Booth holds at Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education with a concentration in English from State University of New York at Fredonia. She holds a Master's Degree in Special Education from Western Governor's University. She also has completed course requirements for her Master's Degree in Educational Administration from St. Bonaventure University.



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