O-M school announces new principal

Mar 22, 2024 at 11:49 am by Observer-Review

Kelsey Pinette
ODESSA--Kelsey Pinette has been selected as the new principal of the Odessa-Montour Central School District junior/senior high school, effective June 1.
Pinette earned a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College, a master’s degree in music from Pennsylvania State University and a Certificate in School Building and School District Leadership from the University of Rochester. She has served as an instrumental music educator in the Watkins Glen Central School District since 2017. She also serves as Watkins Glen’s ACE Plus Program site coordinator, Fine Arts department coordinator, grading and evaluation committee co-chair and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee member.
“I applied for the position knowing I was ready to step into the next chapter of my career,” said Pinette. “The interview process showed me the pride that the students, faculty, staff and community take in OMCS. My goal is to learn as much as I can about the values, beliefs, initiatives and shared vision at O-M. We will use this shared knowledge to collaborate as a team, with a focus on building relationships and our instructional practices for all students.”
Interim Superintendent Tracy Marchionda added, “We are excited to welcome Mrs. Pinette to the Grizzly Family. Her focus on supporting students and connecting with families, as well as her commitment to working with our faculty and staff, makes her a perfect fit for O-M. In the interview process, Mrs. Pinette demonstrated passion and energy that aligns with our mission: Every student. Every day. We look forward to her leading our junior/senior high.”
The school’s current principal, Skip McCarty, will retire on July 1 after working through a transition period with Pinette.
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