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NEW SUPERINTENDENT PAYS CALL ON SCHOOL BOARD

The Cleveland Hill School District's new superintendent, Laura Sherwood, completed her second full day on duty Wednesday and attended her first School Board meeting.

"It's great to finally be here," said Ms. Sherwood who was appointed in early September. "About 60 people from the staff came in to my office to take a look and greet me -- it was a great way to start."

This is the first time Ms. Sherwood, who has 26 years experience in education, has been a superintendent. Most recently she was principal of an 1,100-student high school in Monroe County. She signed a three-year contract with Cleveland Hill at a starting salary of $92,500.

The crowded room of trustees and teachers, parents and students, welcomed the new superintendent. A newly mounted wall sized, cherry wood carving of a soaring eagle -- the district's mascot -- graced the boardroom wall behind her.

Giant lettering beneath it proclaims the school motto, "Soar toward excellence."

Recognition was given to district art teacher David Baehre, who voluntarily designed and crafted the multiple-layer artwork with the assistance of teacher Rick Stotz.

The students of the month for October, Kelly Calak, Robert Polino, and Mark Zogaria were also recognized an congratulated by the new superintendent. About 25 fifth-graders then gave a presentation on the history of immigration.

"It's great to be reminded at a board meeting of the reasons we are here," said Ms. Sherwood thanking each child.

The superintendent's Conference Day will start with a staff presentation from Ms. Sherwood, highlighting her visions and plans for the district.

Following will be programs by family consultant Michael Nerney, focusing on student well-being, and from aerospace education specialist Ronald Ernst.

In other business the board:

Announced the resignation of middle school technology teacher Jeffrey Barthelme, who is leaving the district Nov. 12 to become an assistant principal in the Holland Central School District.

Approved use of facilities request for the Dennis Mason Alumni Group and for the YMCA indoor hockey program Jan. 24, sponsored by the Buffalo Sabres hockey club.

Flyers will be sent home with registration information.

Extended the computer lab hours an additional half-hour each day from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be an assistant on duty.

Announced that the district's accountant will present the annual audit report at the next board meeting in November.

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