Kenney Appointed Interim SGI High School Principal


The Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Dennis G. Kenney to serve as interim principal of Springville-Griffith Institute High School during its meeting Tuesday evening. 

Kenney, whose appointment will take effect Jan. 3, 2022, will serve in this interim capacity through the end of June following the appointment of James Bialasik as the district’s next superintendent of schools.

“I look forward to joining the Springville-Griffith Institute community as interim high school principal,” said Kenney. “I will work nonstop to continue the district’s excellent educational achievements.”

Dennis Kenney

A longtime administrator, Kenney spent 12 years as the high school principal at Iroquois Central High School in Elma, where his building received state recognition as a “Reward School” and master school for Best Practices for five consecutive years. Prior to that, he served as the superintendent of Perry Central School District in Wyoming County, principal of Barker Central High School, and assistant high school principal at both Canandaigua Academy and Albion High School. 

After his retirement from Iroquois in 2017, he served as the interim high school principal at Batavia High School in Genesee County.

Kenney holds a bachelor’s in sociology and criminal justice and a master’s in special education from SUNY Buffalo State College, a certificate in school administration from SUNY Brockport, and a school district administration certificate from SUNY Oswego, where he also participated in the Western New York Superintendent Development Program. 

Prior to his career in public education, he spent 18 years with the New York State Division for Youth’s Office of Child & Family Services in a variety of roles.