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Zachary Ribert

Below is a message from St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, which the Hermon-DeKalb Board of Education elected to work with to select a new district leader:

The Hermon-DeKalb Central School Board of Education has selected the district’s principal as its final candidate for the position of Superintendent of Schools.

Recently, current Superintendent of Schools, Mark White, announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2024.

“It’s is no secret that Hermon-DeKalb Central School is truly a special place,” White said “I consider myself lucky to have formed such close bonds with our school community. I am truly honored to have had the privilege to lead this school district.”

Earlier this month, the board conducted preliminary interviews with three candidates, and then selected two finalists for community and stakeholder group interviews. Following the interviews, one finalist withdrew from consideration.

Ms. Foster, who has served at the district’s K-12 principal since July 2015, will present to community and stakeholder groups on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

SLL BOCES District Superintendent Thomas Burns assisted the Hermon-DeKalb board during the superintendent search process. As part of their statutory duties, BOCES district superintendents often serve as consultants during superintendent searches for school districts.

Before serving as the Hermon-DeKalb principal, Ms. Foster worked as a Reading Specialist and Pre-K teacher at Colton-Pierrepont Central School, after which she served as the Director of Migrant Education for the Research Foundation and as an adjunct professor for the Literacy Department at SUNY Potsdam. Ms. Foster received a masters and a Bachelors of Science in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh and earned her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence University.

Zachary Ribert

News from the Superintendent

Image of Superintendent Mark White

Dear Hermon-DeKalb Community,

Happy New Year and winter has finally arrived. We received our first snowfall in early January and by the time this newsletter is out we will be settled in to consistent cold weather. The school is busy this time of the year with consistent activities in the evenings and on the weekends. Our Girls’ Varsity Basketball team has had a great first half of the season and has been leading the section.

We are currently working on next year’s school budget and evaluating the upcoming needs of the district.  We will have our first draft completed by early March.

Solar Eclipse of 2024

We're thrilled to announce an upcoming celestial event that promises to be both awe-inspiring and educational – the Solar Eclipse of 2024! This rare occurrence will be visible from our location, and we want to make sure our students, teachers, and families are prepared to make the most of this extraordinary experience.

Date and Time

Mark your calendars for April 8, when the total solar eclipse will occur at 3:23 p.m. This is on a Monday immediately following spring break. All planning for this event will occur prior to break to get the students ready for the experience. The school day will be shifted that day beginning with a 10 a.m. start and dismissal sometime after 4 p.m.

Safety First

Observing a solar eclipse requires special precautions to protect your eyes. We remind everyone to use certified solar viewing glasses or shields. The school will provide these glasses to all students and staff, ensuring a safe and enjoyable viewing experience. Lessons on sun safety will be taught and emphasized leading up to the event.

Educational Opportunities

Our teachers are planning exciting and educational lessons and activities related to the solar eclipse. Students will learn about the science behind this phenomenon, and how various civilizations throughout history have interpreted eclipses. We encourage parents to engage in discussions with their children about the eclipse and its significance.

HD Family Event

To make the solar eclipse a family event, we invite families to join us on the school grounds for a special viewing gathering near the start of the eclipse. Both the elementary and the secondary will have a variety of eclipse activities to engage in leading up to the eclipse. Our goal is to have our students and families enjoy the eclipse together.

Weather Contingency Plans

A spectacular eclipse is dependent on one thing, clear weather. While we hope for clear skies, it's essential to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Indoor activities will be planned and we will still participate in the darkness that will occur with or without clouds. 

Stay tuned for more details and updates as we approach this cosmic event.


Mark White

News from the Principal

Image of Principal Megan Foster

As winter wears on this is often a time when students need to be reminded of the importance of school and completing their work. Most often grades will drop during the 3rd quarter and we see an increase in students missing school. There are many reasons for this possible drop in grades and attendance. As parents and educators it is important for us to continue to encourage our kids to keep working and keep coming to school. If you are concerned with your child’s grades or attendance, please contact me to discuss what we can do to help.  

We invite you to join us for in-person spring parent-teacher conferences. If you would like to request a conference with your child’s teacher or team of teachers, please feel free to contact Angela Fenlong to set up a conference for students in grades PreK-6 and the Guidance Office for any students in grades 7-12.  

We look forward to seeing warmer temperatures. Please reach out with any questions or concerns you have so we can work together to make the best school experience for students.

View the full February, March & April newsletter

Zachary Ribert

Hermon-DeKalb Central School has teamed up with St. Lawrence County 4-H to offer the 21st Century After School Program to all students in grades K-8 each full day that school is in session during the 2023-24 school year.

To highlight this program, an Open House event is being held Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 5-6 p.m. at Hermon-DeKalb Central School. Families are invited to join for a fun evening filled with family activities that will showcase your child's time in program.

Register for Open House

The 21st Century After School Program is offered Monday through Friday from 7-8 a.m. before school. The program is also offered from dismissal to 5 p.m. after school

Students can get help with their homework, take part in fun hands-on activities and are provided with evidence-based 4-H curriculum! School bus transportation is also provided.

Families are welcome to register their child online for the program itself, too. If you would like to learn more, you may also contact Mysti Murphy at 315-379-9192 ext. 234 or at for additional details.

Zachary Ribert
Image of 11 people posing for photo inside school gymnasium

Honorees inside the Hermon-DeKalb Central School District Gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 23. Front row left to right: Brittany Whitton, Hunter Hitchman, Bridget Rust, Brianna Sayer and Kim Carpenter. Back row left to right: Jon Bardeschewski, Andy Bardeschewski, Fred Foster, Dylan Amo, Matt Brabaw and Zach Denesha.

It was an exciting day for the Hermon-DeKalb Central School community on Dec. 23 as more than a dozen former students were honored for their achievements on the basketball court.

The honorees were recognized during a ceremony commemorating the fact that they had scored at least 1,000 varsity points during their basketball careers at the school. The ceremony was held between the two varsity basketball games held that day.

Out of the fourteen honorees, eleven were able to attend the ceremony. The individuals were from classes spanning more than five decades. They include:

  • Lynn Gray - Class of 1968
  • Heidi Aldous - Class of 1983
  • Brigitte Aldous - Class of 1986
  • Jon Bardeschewski - Class of 1992
  • Andy Bardeschewski - Class of 1994
  • Fred Foster - Class of 1994
  • Kim Carpenter - Class of 1994
  • Matt Brabaw - Class of 1998
  • Brittany Whitton - Class of 2007
  • Brianna Sayer - Class of 2012
  • Dylan Amo - Class of 2012
  • Hunter Hitchman - Class of 2014
  • Bridget Rust - Class of 2016  
  • Zach Denesha - Class of 2020

Note: 3 pointers were not allowed until 1987.

They were all gifted plaques made from pieces of the old school gym floor. A banner will also hang in the new gym to mark their achievements as students at the school.

It was also a successful day for the current Hermon-DeKalb Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams. Before the celebration, the girls defeated Edwards-Knox 48-29 and the boys won over Edwards-Knox 42-40.

The 1,000-point Scorer Celebration event was organized by former Athletic Director Shelly Amo, the Hermon-DeKalb Booster Club, the Hermon-DeKalb Alumni Association, and several other district families and friends.