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Manchester Shortsville school district announces new superintendent

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The Board of Education for Manchester-Shortsville Central School District has announced the appointment of Christopher Barnard as the new superintendent of schools. Barnard, who currently serves as the superintendent in Dundee Central School District, will assume his new role on July 1. He will be replacing Charlene Dehn, the longtime superintendent who is set to retire at the end of June.


Barnard brings a wealth of experience to his new position, having previously served as the Intermediate School principal in the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District, and as an administrator and sixth-grade teacher in the Victor Central School District. Originally from Geneva, Barnard has also worked in the Gates Chili Central School District. Expressing his enthusiasm for the new role, Barnard stated in a news release that he considers it “an absolute privilege” to join the Manchester-Shortsville Central School District and looks forward to building on its strong history and culture to achieve high standards for all students.

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Barbara Gardner, President of the Manchester-Shortsville Board of Education, expressed gratitude to everyone involved in the selection process and highlighted Barnard’s vision and passion as being well-aligned with the district’s needs and culture. She believes his experience and skills will not only uphold the legacy of Mrs. Dehn but also continue to promote the district’s vision of challenging all learners in partnership with the school community to achieve high standards.