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Board appoints Dr. Ryan Sherman permanent Superintendent of Schools

The Schuylerville Board of Education would like to provide an update regarding the Schuylerville Central School District’s superintendency. 

The Board approved a leave of absence for personal reasons requested by Superintendent Gregg Barthelmas that began on February 26, 2024. At that time, James Ducharme was appointed as Acting Superintendent, while Nate Kocak and Todd Gonyeau served as co-Principals for Schuylerville High School. On May 6, the Board approved a resolution placing Mr. Barthelmas on paid administrative leave; on May 29, the Board appointed Dr. Ryan Sherman as Acting Superintendent. On June 25, during a special meeting, the Board accepted the resignation of Gregg Barthelmas, effective June 25.

When faced with the resignation of a superintendent, under NYS Education Law, Rules, and Regulations, a Board of Education has the option of appointing a previous superintendent or conducting an open search. In consultation with WSWHE BOCES, the Board was informed that an open search takes at minimum, six months of time. It is the Board’s belief that the Schuylerville Central School District needs immediate stability, demonstrated competence, and superintendent experience.

After weighing all options and taking into serious account the current needs of the district, on June 25, the Board voted to appoint Dr. Ryan Sherman as the permanent superintendent of the Schuylerville Central School District, with a five-year contract, effective July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2029. 

Dr. Sherman was the superintendent of the Schuylerville Central School District from 2009-2021; previously, he was the superintendent of schools for the Argyle Central School District from 2004-2009. In total, Dr. Sherman’s superintendent experience totals 18 years. He is a known leader in the region who is making a five-year commitment to Schuylerville, to help stabilize and move the district forward. In addition to Dr. Sherman’s leadership experience, he has a familiarity with the Schuylerville school community, faculty, and staff, which will be essential to navigating the district through another anticipated difficult budget year in 2025.

The Board of Education would like to thank the Schuylerville faculty, staff, administration and the greater school community for their patience during this process of transitional leadership. We look forward to a new chapter for the district and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.

Michael Bodnar
Board of Education President