Four local Catholic schools named new principals at the start of the 2007-08 school year.
* Richard Barone replaced Mercy Sister Dolores Ann Stein as principal of St. Ann School in Hornell. Barone had previously served as principal of the Buffalo-area North Tonawanda, St. Dominic Savio and George L. Lowry middle schools. He also served for one year as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the North Tonawanda City School District. Barone holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s degree from Niagara University.
* Lisa Dirlam replaced David Rausch as principal of Holy Family School in Dansville. Dirlam taught at the former Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Rochester before teaching in Southern Tier schools for 12 years. Dirlam holds a bachelor’s degree from Alfred University and a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport.
* Martin Swenson replaced Mary Beth Sullivan as principal of St. Margaret Mary School in Irondequoit. Swenson has served for more than 20 years as a teacher and high-school principal. He also has served as superintendent of the Fabius-Pompey and Owen D. Young central school districts in central New York. Swenson holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s degree from SUNY Oswego.
* Martin Cox replaced Father Joseph Grasso, CPpS, as principal of DeSales High School in Geneva. Cox has served as a school principal for six years, and he has taught in the Pittsford and Rochester school districts and at Rochester’s Allendale Columbia School. Cox holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s degree from Nazareth College in Pittsford and a certificate of advanced studies in school administration from SUNY Brockport.