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New administrators at Geneva Schools

Geneva City School children will return from the holiday break to some familiar faces in new places.The school district will welcome a new principal of North Street School (NSS), a new associate principal at the high school, and a new director of Innovative Programming, all filled by administrators many of Geneva’s children know well.Ninth Grade Academy Associate Principal Danielle Ouillette will take over as NSS principal, filling the opening left by Tracy Marchionda, who will take on the role of director of Innovative Programming. Taking over Ouillette’s post at the high school will be Geneva High Assistant Principal Tricia Budgar. All of the women begin their new roles Jan. 6.Ouillette will be a familiar face for many at North Street, having served as assistant principal of West Street School from 2010 until 2012, which many of the children attended until moving to NSS in third grade. She left the post to take over Ninth Grade Academy. “Although Danielle left her position at West Street over a year ago, she continues to receive a warm welcome from our elementary students every time they see her,” said Superintendent Trina Newton. “I am certain many of the children will be thrilled to welcome her to North Street School, even as they are saddened to see Tracy go.”There will be a Meet the Principal Night at NSS on Jan. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m., with a welcome speech by Ouillette at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.Marchionda’s new post replaces the director of Pupil, Personnel and Special Services, which has been filled by Nancy Meserve on an interim basis since summer 2013.“Tracy is an excellent fit for our director of Innovative Programming. She is a wonderful administrator and already has a close relationship with many of Geneva’s families,” said Newton.Budgar has been the interim assistant principal of the high school for several months. “Though she has been there only a short time, Tricia has already proven herself an invaluable member of our administrative team. The choice to move her to our Ninth Grade Academy was obvious,” Newton commented.The district will begin looking for an interim assistant principal at the high school immediately.Ouillette has a state certification as a school district administrator and a teaching certification in elementary education, is a graduate of the Administrative Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and has a Master of Science in education from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from SUNY Oneonta. She has worked in education for over 13 years, including nine years of public school teaching.Marchionda has a Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY Brockport and two master’s degrees from Elmira College (education and reading specialist), as well as a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Fredonia. She has also been through the superintendent development program at SUNY Oswego. Before coming to Geneva, she spent 11 years in the Bath Central School District — nine years as principal and two years as their director of curriculum and instruction.Budgar worked as a Geneva High teacher, instructional coach and mentor for over six years before taking on the role of interim assistant principal in September. Prior to working in Geneva, she taught at Greece Apollo Middle School and Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES. She has a teaching certification in secondary English and secondary education, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a Master of Science in secondary education from SUNY Brockport and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Rochester.

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