June 7, 2012


Marathon hires 2 new principals

Staff Reporter

MARATHON — The Board of Education hired two new principals during Wednesday night’s meeting.
Jonathan Hillis is the new principal at Appleby Elementary and Douglas Pasquerella Jr. is the new principal at Marathon Junior Senior High School.
Pasquerella is currently the dean of students at Cortland Junior-Senior High School, while Hillis is the principal at Jefferson Central School in Schoharie County.
Superintendent of Schools Rebecca Stone said the two new principals will bring a lot to the district.
“They’re both advocates for the students,” she said. “They have experience and excellent communication skills.”
Both candidates met with a committee of parents and teachers prior to being hired, Stone said.
The two current principals, David Rosetti and Shelley Warnow, are retiring later this month.
The board accepted their resignations on March 14. Rosetti’s retirement is effective June 24, Warnow’s is effective June 30.
Rosetti has served as Marathon High School’s principal for 23 years. Warnow, who also worked in the DeRuyter and Cincinnatus school districts, is in her sixth year at Appleby Elementary School.
There were about 30 applicants for each position, Stone said. That was whittled down to eight for the elementary school and seven for the high school.
Their experience and help will be missed, Stone said.
“They were a lifesaver during my first year here,” she said. “They taught me the traditions and how things ran.”
Being an elementary school principal has been his career goal, Hillis said.
“This is a great opportunity,” he said. “I had a wonderful opportunity to be a K-12 principal at Jefferson but my education is in elementary school certification.”
Hillis said he decided to apply for the Marathon job because it is an opportunity he has always wanted.
For Pasquerella, Cortland is a familiar area. He completed his bachelor’s, master’s and administrative certificate at SUNY Cortland. He has also worked in the Homer School District before working at Cortland.
“This is an opportunity to lead a building,” he said. “Marathon has a great community and takes a lot of pride on their academics and extra-circulars.”
Both new principals will begin their jobs Aug. 1 on a probationary period.
Hillis will begin at a salary of $82,000 and will have a two-year probation period.
Pasquerella will begin at a salary of $80,000 with a three-year probation.


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