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Mohon names Galway leader as new superintendent

Mohon names Galway leader as new superintendent

Mohon names Galway leader as new superintendent
Shannon Shine
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Galway school district Superintendent Shannon Shine was appointed as Mohonasen school district's new superintendent at a school board meeting Wednesday.

Shine, who has led Galway schools since 2013, will take over from Kathleen Spring on July 1. He is slated to make a base salary of $159,500, with the board considering a raise each year.

“I look forward to meeting the Mohonasen students and to working collaboratively with teachers, staff and administration,” Shine said in a prepared statement.

In a note posted on the Galway website this week, Shine emphasized the work he did in that district to focus on early literacy programs for students and the use of universal screenings to identify students struggling in reading or math at an earlier age. He also highlighted improvements in annual student satisfaction surveys and an 80 percent participation rate in extracurricular activities among students in seventh- through 12th-grade. 

The three-year contract approved Wednesday also entitles Shine to cash out up to $22,500 in unused sick time when he leaves the district.

The school board considered seven out of 25 applicants during a months-long search that kicked off when Spring announced plans to retire at the end of the school year. Three of those candidates were interviewed by teams of teachers, parents and community members before the board interviewed two finalists and selected Shine.

Before leading Galway schools, Shine worked as a principal at Ichabod Crane Central School District and started his education career as a teacher in Shenendehowa Central School District, where he taught fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grades.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at Colgate University and a master’s in administration from UAlbany. He and his wife, Ellen, have three adult children and live in Clifton Park.

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