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Director of Operations and Transportation

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Bernie McDermott is Director of Operations and Transportation. He also serves as District Data Coordinator. For details specifically regarding transportation visit Transportation.
Before coming to Chenango Forks Mr. McDermott taught social studies and driver education in Greene. He also served one year as high school principal in Groton, NY. Mr. McDermott has worked as an administrator in Chenango Forks since 2001. His first assignment was principal at Charlotte Kenyon Elementary School, in the original district building on Route 79 in Chenango Forks. In April 2002 the new Kenyon wing was opened, he served in that position as principal of grades 3-5 through June 2011. 
In 2001 the Harshaw and Kenyon were merged into one office with one principal.  Mr. McDermott was appointed Director of Technology, with additional duties as assistant elementary principal. In July 2013 he was appointed Director of Operations (in charge of non-instructional areas such as transportation, maintenance, and food service). In July 2014 with the retirement of the transportation director he assumed those duties. 
Originally born and raised in Carthage, NY Mr. McDermott attended SUNY Potsdam and earned a B.A in Education. Later he earned his M.S. at SUNY Cortland. A few years later he returned to Cortland to earn his Certificate of Advance Study in Administration. 
Phone: 607-648-7564, Option 4 

Director of Special Education

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Trish Kuhl is the Director of Special Education for the Chenango Forks Central School District.  Before coming to Chenango Forks, Mrs. Kuhl served as a Special Education Teacher in Maine-Endwell for eighteen years.  She taught across all services of the special education continuum and also across numerous grade levels. In 1999, Mrs. Kuhl began the first inclusion program in her former district, and she remains passionate about co-teaching and collaboration between general and special education teachers. Prior to moving to New York, she was a Special Education Teacher and English Teacher in New Jersey.

Mrs. Kuhl received her Bachelor of Arts in English Education from The College of New Jersey and an advanced certificate in Special Education from Montclair State University. She received a Master of Science in Special Education from Binghamton University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Cortland. She holds certification in Special Education, English Education, Building and District Leadership.

Mrs. Kuhl is married and has three children.

Contact: 607-648-7589 
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