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Ginestre Named Superintendent

The Sweet Home Board of Education today voted unanimously to name Michael V. Ginestre as the district’s new superintendent. Ginestre has Mike Ginestreserved in his current position of the Superintendent for the Sherman Central School District for five years. Prior to becoming Sherman’s superintendent in 2016, Ginestre served as its principal for four years. Buffalo Business First named Sherman No. 1 “overachieving” school district 13 years in a row. He started his education career as a Professor at St. John Fisher College and later a social studies teacher.  He was also head coach for football and girls basketball.  Prior to entering the education field, Ginestre worked in public relations in Rochester and Boston, MA from 1994-2003. 

Ginestre graduated from St. John Fisher College in 1994 with a B.A. in communications and journalism, and where he also played four years of varsity football as the starting center. He received an M.S. in secondary education from Niagara University in 2004, and another M.S. in educational leadership from St. John Fisher in 2006, both with a 4.0 average. Ginestre is pursuing his Ed.D. degree at the University at Buffalo, which he expects to receive in 2023.

Sweet Home Central School District, with a 92 percent graduation rate the last three years, serves portions of the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda. The school district has 3,350 K-12 students in seven schools, including one high school, one middle school, four elementary schools, and one alternative school. It operates an $83.3 million budget, with 325 teachers and total staff of 685.

Ginestre, 49, replaces Anthony J. Day, who announced his retirement on January 30, 2021 after 11 years. The board appointed Erie 1 BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Lynn Marie Fusco to conduct the superintendent search.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike Ginestre to Sweet Home after a thorough, competitive search that also involved a wide variety of community stakeholders,” said Board of Education President Scott M. Johnson. “Mike stood out as a leader whose philosophy and experience will mesh beautifully with the goals and personality of the Sweet Home district.”

The district’s search process included an online survey open to residents of its 15,000 dwellings so all stakeholders had an opportunity to share criteria and qualifications they envisioned for the next superintendent. In addition, advisory committees representing all stakeholders provided input on specific candidates.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve the Sweet Home district, and help our faculty, staff, families and board continue to deliver the highest-quality education for all our students,” Ginestre said. “As a Western New Yorker, I’ve followed Sweet Home’s success from afar, and now it will be my career highlight to be part of that continued excellence.”

Ginestre, who will receive a salary of $185,000, signed a three-year contract and starts August 2.