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Nisky schools pick new super

Susan Salvaggio to lead district following Baughman's departure

More than 25 people applied for the superintendent opening at Niskayuna Central School District, but the district has selected Susan Salvaggio, currently superintendent of Sodus Central School District in Wayne County.

After narrowing down applicants to fill Superintendent Kevin Baughman's position, three prospective candidates met with interview committees made up of faculty, staff and community members and toured the district's schools. Salvaggio was selected by the Board of Education on Tuesday, May 3. The board's formal appointment is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, after negotiating a contract with Salvaggio.

Mrs. Salvaggio's experience as a superintendent, her understanding of instruction and her strong knowledge of financial issues facing school districts will be an asset in building upon Niskayuna's tradition of excellence, said Jeanne Sosnow, president of the Board of Education. "We sincerely appreciate the time and effort of all committee members who provided input to the board prior to our final decision."

Salvaggio has more than 30 years of experience in public education as a teacher, counselor and administrator. Since 2004, she has been the superintendent of Sodus and before that, she spent six years in the Churchville-Chili Central School District, serving as principal of Churchville-Chili Senior High School for the final three years. Her education background includes holding a bachelor's degree in education from Cornell University, a master's degree in counseling education from SUNY Brockport and certificates of advanced study in both counseling education and educational administration, also from SUNY Brockport.

"I think that I will be able to use all those skills I learned in my career at Niskayuna," said Salvaggio. "If I had to pinpoint any single set of skills that have helped me the most as superintendent, certainly my counseling training has helped."

Salvaggio said she has a daughter living in Schenectady so she is familiar with the area and is looking forward to the opportunity to spend the next 10 years in the district.

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