The Byron-Bergen Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE), has named three finalists for the next Superintendent of Schools.
Debra List, President of the Byron-Bergen Central School District’s BOE, said she is pleased with the high-quality candidate pool and is enthused about the potential the three finalists have to offer.
“Choosing the best superintendent for the district is the board’s main priority,” said List. “The field of candidates was diverse, which made narrowing the field to three very difficult. We are confident that one of these candidates will be the best choice for our school district and community.”
The three finalists are Patrick McGee, Jennifer Sinsebox, Ed.D., and Tracy Marchionda.
McGee is currently the Principal of Byron-Bergen Junior/Senior High School, a position he has held since 2015. From 2013 until 2015, he served as the Assistant Principal of Byron-Bergen Junior/Senior High School. Before that, McGee was the Dean of Students from 2012 until 2013. He began his career in education in 2007 as a fifth-grade teacher at Byron-Bergen Middle School and served in this role until 2012. Throughout his career at Byron-Bergen CS, he has served in many leadership capacities including overseeing and supporting the growth of a Video Coaching Model to assist teachers with professional development, increasing the number of Advanced Placement courses offered and implementing an agriculture program, and revitalizing an FFA Chapter. Under McGee’s tenure, Byron-Bergen High School was named US News Best High Schools for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from St. John Fisher College in Elementary and Special Education, and a Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the Buffalo State College. McGee earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester and also holds New York State certifications as School Building and District Leader, as well as Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities.
Jennifer Sinsebox, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of Curriculum and Data Management at Wheatland-Chili Central Schools, a position she has held since 2008. From 1996 until 2008, she served as a special education teacher at Wheatland-Chili Central Schools. In 1993, Dr. Sinsebox started her path in education as a special education teacher at Bloomfield Central Schools. Dr. Sinsebox is also an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Brockport, a post she has held since 2015. During her tenure at Wheatland-Chili CS, she has organized district family/community engagement parent university workshops, assisted in the creation of a five-year Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education district plan, and directed and facilitated the district strategic plan with the development of the district comprehensive improvement plan.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Special Education from Nazareth College. Dr. Sinsebox holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from The State University of New York at Brockport and also holds New York State certifications in School District Administration, as well as Elementary and Special Education. Dr. Sinsebox completed her doctorate in education in 2020.
Tracy Marchionda has been employed by Geneva City School District since 2011, and currently is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability, a post she’s held since 2020. Her leadership roles at the Geneva City School District include Director of Innovation and Multi-Language Learners, Director of Innovative Programming and Student Services, and Principal of North Street Elementary School. Marchionda is presently an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester. From 2000 until 2011, she served the Bath Central School District, first as the Principal of Vernon E. Wightman Primary School, and then as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In these roles, she facilitated a comprehensive curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development program for a high-needs rural school district. Marchionda started teaching in 1989 as a second and fifth-grade teacher at Dundee Central School District where she also served as a staff development trainer and English Language Arts Coordinator.
Marchionda earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and two Masters of Science degrees in Education from Elmira College. She is in progress of earning her doctoral degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Science of Learning from the University of Buffalo. She earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Brockport and also holds New York State certifications as School District Administrator and Supervisor, as well as Literacy Specialist, and Elementary Teacher.
The three candidates will interview with stakeholders on Wednesday, April 7 and conclude the process with final separate interviews with the Board of Education on April 13, 14, and 15.
The anticipated start date for the new superintendent is July 1, 2021.
Mr. Kevin MacDonald, District Superintendent of the Genesee Valley BOCES, who is acting as the search consultant, said the Board has developed and implemented a process that will help determine the best candidate.
“This is a thorough search process,” MacDonald said. “Finalists will visit the Byron-Bergen Central School District to meet with stakeholders. The process concludes with final rounds of interviews with the Board of Education.”
The Genesee Valley BOCES operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services offering shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York state.