Meet Mr. Wetherbee, Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Michael Wetherbee

Please join us in welcoming our new Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Michael Wetherbee!

Mr. Wetherbee recently moved to Greene County to begin his new journey. He is looking forward to learning all about Cairo-Durham and working closely with the school community to continue advancing District goals.

He plans to host a Meet & Greet event in the coming weeks to hear from members of the school community and the public. For now, here are a few things to help you get to know Mr. Wetherbee:

 

What is your role here at Cairo-Durham Central School District, and where do you work?
I am the Superintendent of Schools and I work in all aspects of the school system. My office is located in the District Office on Main Street in Cairo.

How long have you worked here?
My first day was August 5, 2019.

What are your job responsibilities/priorities?
I believe my primary responsibility is to ensure students and staff have the materials and resources they need to be successful and doing that in a financially responsible way.

What is your background like – previous jobs, your education, etc.?
I spent 10 years at Pavilion Central School as a School Psychologist, Director of Pupil Personnel Services and finally a Business Administrator. Then I became the Superintendent at Wayland-Cohocton CSD where I stayed for nearly 13 years. Working in these different roles has given me a lot of perspective on public education and leadership.

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo, as well as two master’s degrees and Certificates of Advanced Study in School Psychology (Alfred University) and Educational Administration (SUNY Brockport).

What do you like most about your job?
Working collaboratively with all aspects of the school community to benefit the students.

What goals do you hope to accomplish at Cairo-Durham?
My first goal is to listen and spend time engaging with students, families, staff and the community. It’s all about listening, observing and learning so we know where we are, where we’ve been and where we need to go from here.

Continuing down the path the District has already set is an important long-term goal. Cairo-Durham has a clear mission and vision—to provide a collaborative and engaging environment that empowers all students to realize their individual potentials—and I plan to work with the school community and Board of Education to keep moving the District forward. This means continuing to develop the best opportunities for students that prepare them to be successful on whatever paths they choose after graduation.

Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.
My life is centered around my family. My wife and I have four children and three dogs. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle, golfing and working with my kids on the go karts that they race.

Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I worked for a trucking company as a mechanic.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
When you put your head down on your pillow at night, if you made decisions based on what was best for kids then it was a good day.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
Love what you do.