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Grand Island Board of Education: Cardone appointed interim high school principal


Fri, Aug 26th 2016 07:00 pm

GISBA Golf Outing tees off Aug. 29

By Larry Austin

Island Dispatch Editor

Cheryl Cardone will serve as interim principal at Grand Island High School.

The Grand Island Board of Education appointed Cardone to the position during its meeting Monday in the Professional Development Room at GIHS. Cardone is the district's director of pupil personnel services and has frequently filled in for the district when building administration jobs open up.

"Cheryl has stepped up to be the interim principal at our high school," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Graham told the board. "We're very, very blessed to have you, Cheryl, working with us. You've done this work several times in the district, at the middle school, at the high school, at an elementary school, and those skills are valued and we're grateful for your services."

Cardone fills in as the district looks to replace former high school principal Dan Quartley, who took a job with the school district in Bolivar.

The board also appointed another familiar face to fill in at the high school: Matt McKenna will serve as interim assistant principal.

Graham thanked McKenna for helping the district as an interim assistant principal last year at Connor Middle School, and as interim principal at the middle school until John Fitzpatrick returned at the end of the school year. He will be an interim assistant principal in the high school as well, replacing Corey Gray. 

Graham thanked Assistant Principal Corey Gray and technology teacher Jonathan Shelley, who are leaving the district.

"We've been very fortunate to have their skills and expertise in our district for a few years and they will be missed," Graham said.

In other news

•Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Business Robert McDow reminded board members that Aug. 29 is the annual Grand Island School and Business Alliance Golf Outing at River Oaks Golf Club on Whitehaven Road. Registration and lunch will take place at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start for golf at noon. Awards and dinner will follow.

McDow thanked the events sponsors and community members who are set to play.

"We are going to have a great event," McDow said, stressing that it's not too late to sign up to play or sponsor the event. Call Robert McDow at 716-773-8804 or Jennifer Appenheimer at 716-773-8805 for information.

GISBA is a joint venture between the Grand Island business community and the school district to promote mutual interests. The golf event will benefit students who participate in competitions with DECA, the school business club, and who have plans to attend college or trade school.

•Cardone reported 10 students graduated earlier that day from summer school and join the GIHS Class of 2016.

Graham said of graduation, "everybody's journey is different," and said the event was a testament to the efforts of students and teachers.

•McDow announced Fuccillo Automotive Group has donated approximately $3,750 to the district, earmarked to the elementary school buildings for families who would otherwise have financial distress at Christmas and Thanksgiving.

•McDow reported that contract negotiations with the School Related Professionals union has resulted in a tentative agreement that he will bring to the board at its next meeting Sept. 12 for approval. The SRPs, who picketed on Ransom Road before a school board meeting earlier in the year, could vote to ratify the contract at a meeting this month, McDow said.

•Sidway Elementary School Principal Denise Dunbar said after kindergarten screening, there are about 170 students anticipated to start school at Sidway, a total she called a little on the low side.

Sept. 6 is the first student day of school.


The next meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.

Board of Education meetings air on Time Warner Cable Channel 22 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

Board of Education Trustees

  • President: Lisa Pyc
  • Vice President: Donna Tomkins
  • Trustees: Glenn Bobeck, Susan Marston, Richard D'Agostino, Joy LaMarca and Karen Carroll
  • Superintendent: Dr. Brian Graham
  • District Clerk: Janet Schuster

Send comments to the board at [email protected].

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