by luke eggleston
Sun staff writer
The Diocese of Syracuse School District recently installed six new principals for vacancies that had opened in the Eastern, Southern and Western Regions.
Diocese Superintendent Michael Colabufo was very excited about the new group of administrators who were appointed at Holy Family School in Norwich, Rome Catholic School, St. Margaret’s in Mattydale, Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse, St. Mary’s in Cortland and St. Mary’s in Clinton.
“I am very pleased with the caliber of experience our new administrators are bringing to the diocese,” said Colabufo, who participated in each interview process.
Colabufo noted that the rash of vacancies was simply a coincidence as many administrators were at the point of retirement, while others needed to attend to family concerns.
Eugene Chilion was appointed principal of Holy Family School in Norwich. Chilion is arriving after serving seven years as a building administrator at Unadilla Valley Central School. Chilion has been an educator primarily in the Southern Tier since the early 1970s. He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta and completed his graduate work at both SUNY Oneonta and The College of St. Rose in Albany. He received his administration certificate from SUNY Cortland.
Barbara Jacques has been appointed the interim principal at Rome Catholic School. Jacques has a long history with the Syracuse Diocesan School District having served as a teacher and administrator at Our Lady of Pompei School in Syracuse. Jacques was serving as an administrator at the school during its merger process with Cathedral School. Jacques received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego and her teaching certificate from SUNY Cortland. She completed some certification courses at The College of St. Rose in Albany and received her certificate in administration from SUNY Oswego.
Susanne M. Donze has been named principal of St. Margaret School in Mattydale. Donze is a long-standing leader in the diocese’s Catholic school system. Most recently, she served as the principal of Bishop’s Academy at Holy Family in Syracuse. Prior to that position, Donze was the principal of St. James Elementary School in Syracuse. She also was a teacher at St. Rose of Lima School in Syracuse for 16 years and St. Mary Elementary School in Clinton for five years. Donze has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego, a master’s degree in elementary education including her NYS permanent certification from SUNY Cortland, and has her certificate of advanced study in education administration from SUNY Cortland.
Melanie S. Carroll has been named principal of Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse. Carroll comes to the diocese from both Syracuse University and the Syracuse City School District. She has been the supervisor of student teachers at Syracuse University. She was responsible for the supervision and evaluation of students completing their New York State certification requirements. Prior to that, she held a number of positions with the Syracuse City School District including resource teacher at Clary Middle School, administrative intern at Grant Middle School, administrative intern at Clary Middle School, teacher on special assignment at Clary Middle School, inclusion teacher at Fowler High School and special education self contained teacher at Fowler High School. Carroll has a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, a master’s degree from Boston College and an SDA certification from Syracuse University.
Susan McInvale has been named principal at St. Mary’s School in Cortland. A Cortland resident, McInvale previously served as an administrative intern at St. Mary’s through Le Moyne College’s graduate program in educational administration. McInvale received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and her master’s degree from Le Moyne. She also taught in Texas and Washington state. A native of Angola, N.Y., she graduated from Lake Shore Central High School. From 1977 to 1981, she served with the U.S. Army in the area of military personnel in Germany.
Bertye Martino has been named principal of St. Mary’s School in Clinton. Martino comes to the diocese from the public elementary school in Chittenango where she has served as principal since 1999. Her experience also includes serving as the supervising principal of St. Mary of the Mills School in Maryland, the administrative internship/middle school math coordinator for The Sidwell Friends School in Maryland and program manager for Montgomery County in Maryland. Martino has a bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s degree in school administration and supervision from Hood College in Frederick, Md.