Board approves new high school principal, director of special education

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The Cazenovia Board of Education voted June 17 to hire Eric Knuth as the next principal of Cazenovia High School and Terry Ward as the district’s director of special education. Mr. Knuth, now principal of Oriskany High School, will replace outgoing Principal Eric Schnabl, who has accepted the top district post with Sherburne-Earlville Central Schools, where he starts July 1. Mr. Ward, Cazenovia’s current district data coordinator, will take over from Joanne Dunkle, who retires this year. Incoming Cazenovia Superintendent of Schools Matthew Reilly recommended both appointments.

Eric Knuth

  Eric Knuth began his teaching career in Rhode Island in 2003. After spending a year teaching middle and high school English, he entered the private sector and joined Software Quality Associates in Providence as a resource manager. There, he was responsible for human resource management, recruiting, business development and corporate training. In 2007 he moved to his wife’s home region of Central New York and joined Prudential Financial as a financial adviser. In September 2008, Mr. Knuth returned to the education field as a middle and high school English teacher at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, where he taught for five years. In 2013, Knuth became principal at Oriskany Junior Senior High School. He holds degrees and certificates from Siena College, the College of St. Rose and State University College at Cortland. Mr. Knuth lives in Fayetteville, with wife Lauren and their four young children. “Mr. Knuth is excited for the opportunity and looks forward to working with and leading Cazenovia High School,” Mr. Reilly writes in a letter sent to staff last week.

Terry Ward

Mr. Ward has worked in education 16 years, amassing extensive administrative and classroom experience in both general education and special education settings. He has worked as a special education teacher, general education teacher, assistant principal, elementary school principal and visiting assistant professor. During the past five years, he worked closely with Cazenovia Central Schools as their part-time district data coordinator, leading Cazenovia’s district data team and serving as a member of the building-level data teams. He also is considered an expert in Response to Intervention (RTI). He has worked with a variety of school districts in the region to lead the implementation of RTI and supports its continued success. Mr. Ward lives in Cicero with wife Lauren and their three young children. “Mr. Ward looks to capitalize on the many positive relationships he already has in the district and to work with all constituencies on behalf of the children of Cazenovia,” Mr. Reilly writes.

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