New principal hired for Waterloo High School

Waterloo High School has a new principal.

The Board of Education met in special session Monday morning and voted to appoint Mary Thomas-Madonna, effective immediately. The vote was 5-0.

Thomas-Madonna was named to a four-year probationary appointment at a starting salary of $105,000.

School Superintendent Terri Bavis said Thomas-Madonna has 27 years in education, 16 as a teacher and 11 as an administrator. The new principal taught science in the Marcellus school district for 16 years, in the Cicero-North Syracuse district for a year and was an associate principal and principal at Jordan-Elbridge High School in Onondaga County for 11 years.

“We are thrilled to have her. She’s a great fit for us. She’s from Hannibal, a small community, and prefers smaller districts. The board is excited about her,” Bavis said Monday.

Thomas-Madonna becomes the high school’s fifth principal in a little over a year. Susan Burgess retired in June 2017. Retired former principal Mike Ferrara came back as interim principal and a new search led to the hiring of Katharine Waite of Lima.

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