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Kendall principal one of superintendent finalists at Geneseo

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 April 2019 at 2:53 pm

File photo: Sharon Smith, Kendall Elementary School principal, makes cotton candy on Family Night at the elementary school in April 2017.

GENESEO – Sharon Smith, Kendall Elementary School principal, is one of three finalists to be the next superintendent at Geneseo Central School.

The other finalists include Cindy Flowers, and Brian D. Schmitt, Ed.D. Flowers presently serves as the Special Education administrator for Geneseo Central School. Schmitt is the district superintendent of Genesee Valley Central School District in Belmont.

The finalists will visit the district on April 23, 24 and 30. Smith will visit on April 23, Flowers on April 24 and Schmitt on April 30. Meet and greet forums, which are open to the public, will be held each day at Geneseo Middle-High School in the Media Center from 4:15 – 5 p.m., Geneseo school district announced today.

Final interviews with stakeholder groups and the BOE will follow the meet and greet forums. The anticipated start date for the new superintendent is July 1. The new superintendent will replace Timothy Hayes, who is retiring.

Smith is currently the principal at Kendall Elementary. She also serves as the UPK Director, ESL Coordinator and grants writer and administrator. She’s held this position since 2012.

Some of her initiatives include changes in literacy and mathematics instruction with alignment to Common Core standards. This resulted in moving the student proficiency rate from 32 to 61.8 percent in 2018.

Previously, Smith served as Pre-K to 12 Education and Data Coordinator at Frontier Central School District from 2011 until 2012. Her experience includes four years as a school building administrator at both Royalton-Hartland and Newfane school districts.

In 1984, Smith began her work in education as a sixth grade Language Arts teacher at Perry Elementary School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Education degree from SUNY Buffalo. Smith earned a School District Administrator Certification from Canisius College in Buffalo. She has two permanent New York Certifications, as a Pre-K-6 School Teacher and a School District Administrator.

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