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The Forestville Central School Board Wednesday named Charles Rinaldi as superintendent at a salary of $78,500, effective Dec. 1, 1996.

Rinaldi has been assistant superintendent for instruction at Lake Shore schools in Angola since 1987 and previously served as a principal in the Holland School District. He holds a degree in education administration from the University at Buffalo, which includes a master's degree plus an additional 60 hours of study.

A native of North Collins, he resides in Eden with his wife.

Rinaldi said two of his main concerns will be meeting new state education requirements for students and increasing the availability of technology.

"I'd like students to get the maximum benefits from technology," he said. "The more rural you are, the more you need to reach out."

Rinaldi succeeds J. Richard Rodriguez, who left in August to accept a position with the Falconer schools. James Goodspeed, a former Silver Creek Schools superintendent, has been the interim superintendent.

Now that the district has a superintendent, it faces two other matters -- the lack of a secondary schools principal and two lawsuits. One lawsuit brought by a former board member alleges the School Board used an incorrect salary to compute compensation for Rodriguez's vacation time. The other lawsuit was brought by two current board members and claims the board improperly held an executive session to discuss the compensation.

In other action taken Wednesday, the board agreed that as part of a current reconstruction project a corridor will be built to link the high school cafeteria and the gymnasium area. Currently, disabled persons have to travel outside to get from the cafeteria to the gym. A unisex restroom accessible to the disabled will be constructed.

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