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Schuylerville picks new superintendent

The superintendent of the Argyle Central School District will become superintendent for Schuylervill

The superintendent of the Argyle Central School District will become superintendent for Schuylerville’s school system.

The Schuylerville Central School Board of Education has picked Ryan Sherman to replace Leon Reed, who is retiring at the end of June.

Ryan and district officials are now negotiating a contract. Whatever the compensation package, the district is likely to save money. Reed was listed as having the largest compensation package of any public school superintendent this year in a survey of 91 school districts in an 11-county area, according to a Business Review report in September.

The newspaper reported that Reed’s $241,024 compensation package included a $169,487 salary and $71,537 in benefits for the current school year.

Sherman was listed as having a $120,000 salary and $53,946 in insurance, retirement and other benefits for a total package in Argyle of $173,946.

Sherman, 34, has served as Argyle’s superintendent since 2004. Before taking that position, he was principal of Argyle Junior-Senior High School and a teacher and curriculum leader in the Albany City School District. He is currently enrolled in the doctoral study program at Sage Graduate School.

He said he’s excited to be moving to the larger school district. Argyle has a student population of 640 this year, while Schuylerville’s is 1,950 and has been growing steadily for several years.

“It is expected the [GlobalFoundries] chip plant will add to the growth of the Schuylerville district,” Sherman said. “It’s a great opportunity for me professionally, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Reed announced in September that he would retire at the end of the school year after 18 years as superintendent.

He said he will be 64 when he completes his career with the district, and his wife, who retired as a teacher in the Scotia-Glenville school district, is waiting for him to retire so they can travel.

Sherman, who has been an administrator for seven years, said being superintendent has increased the number of people he deals with each week.

“There are a whole lot more constituent groups. A superintendent meets with community organizations, businesses in town, the assessor and Town Board and you still work with faculty and staff at the school district,” he said. “I have to stay in touch with the community, and it’s vitally important to keep them informed of what’s going on at school.”

Sherman, his wife and three sons currently live in Glens Falls.

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