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Ronald M. Smith has been appointed principal of the OESJ High School effective immediately.


OESJ board appoints high school principal

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - Updated: 8:26 AM

OPPENHEIM -- The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School Board of Education appointed Ronald M. Smith as principal of the OESJ High School on Friday, Aug. 9.

Smith’s appointment took effect immediately.

Smith began his administrative career in 2010 in the Greater Amsterdam School District where he was an assistant principal at Amsterdam High School and the district’s athletic director for two years. This past year, he worked as an assistant principal in the Enlarged City School District of Troy. Before going into administration, Smith was a health and physical education teacher for 15 years in the Bethlehem Central School District. At Bethlehem, Smith was also the head varsity football coach for seven years.

“Mr. Smith will provide the leadership necessary to bring together teachers, staff and students to build a strong sense of community at the new OESJ High School,” Superintendent Laura Lawrence said. “Mr. Smith’s experience with teacher evaluations will also be an asset as we fully implement the new, required Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR).”

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Curriculum Design from the State University of New York at Albany. He obtained his school building administration certification from the College of Saint Rose.

In other administrative developments, the OESJ board last week, with regret, accepted the resignation of O-E campus Principal Brett Barr. Barr will be leaving the district to take an elementary principal’s position in the Cobleskill-Richmondville district. Barr spent 10 years as a business teacher in Cobleskill-Richmondville before coming to O-E last year. Barr’s resignation is effective Sept. 4. Interviews for his replacement are underway.

The board also last week appointed Connie S. DaBiere to the newly created position of chief information officer/APPR coordinator.

In that position, DaBiere will oversee the collection, analysis and reporting of student testing and other data. Among the immediate tasks for the job will be merging the O-E and St. Johnsville data to satisfy state Data Warehouse reporting requirements.

DaBiere will also be responsible for writing grants for the district.

This spring, DaBiere served as the interim principal of the David H. Robbins Elementary School. DaBiere had been a math teacher in St. Johnsville since 1983 having taught students in grades 4-12 during her tenure.

“We must be able to effectively use data to identify deficiencies and help implement positive changes in our educational program,” Lawrence said. “As a result of higher standards, state mandates, accountability measures and the state’s increased data reporting requirements, the district very much needs this position.”


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