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Buhner named new South Colonie superintendent

The South Colonie Board of Education has appointed Jonathan Buhner as its new superintendent of schools. The appointment was made at a special school board meeting on Feb. 25, after a five-month search.

Buhner, 43, who has served as superintendent of the Walton Central School District since 2004, replaces Michael Marcelle, who is retiring. He receives a three-year contract at an annual salary of $168,900. He will begin in the position on Aug. 1.

I am honored to have been chosen as the new superintendent, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the school district and the South Colonie community, Buhner said of his appointment in a district release. "From the time that I have already spent in the district, a long tradition of thoughtful governance and a widespread dedication towards excellence is evident by all stakeholders."

Prior to leading the 1,200-student Walton Central School District, Delaware County, Buhner was director of secondary and campus based programs for the Madison-Oneida BOCES from 2002-2004. Before that, he was a secondary principal at Waterville Junior-Senior High School from 1988 to 2001, and high school dean of students at Sauquoit Valley High School from 1997 to 1998. He began his educational career as a technology teacher, teaching eight years in all at Sanquoit Valley, New Hartford, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Ogdensburg schools.

Buhner is an Army veteran and earned an Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in 1985. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland with a certificate of advanced study (CAS) in educational administration in 1998. He earned a master's degree in technology education in 1994 and a bachelor's degree in technology education in 1989 from the State University of New York at Oswego.

He has been involved in school athletics over the years, coaching football, wrestling and soccer. He holds numerous academic awards. He and his wife, Merci, are the parents of a 14-year-old boy, Jonathan, and a 10-year-old girl, Mercita.

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