Up to the Minute
With the start of the 2018-19 school year comes many new faces, features, and goals.
New School Administrators
To start the new school year, we are pleased to welcome several new administrators to our team, including a few familiar faces who are taking on new leadership roles in the district.
|Anthony Scanzuso, East High School Principal, is the new Assistant Superintendent for Exceptional Education and Student Services. He replaces Dr. Anna Cieri who is retiring after nearly 16 years in the post. Mr. Scanzuso assumes his new role on September 24, 2018.
Mr. Scanzuso has been the principal at East since 2016, previously serving as assistant principal at the school for seven years. The search for a new East High principal is underway, with an appointment expected to occur by late September.
|Andre Thomas is the new principal at North High School. He replaces Gary Collichio who retired in July. Mr. Thomas has been the assistant principal at North for the past three years. He also served as principal for the Williamsville High School Summer School program since 2016, and was previously an assistant principal at Heim Middle School.|
|North High welcomes a new assistant principal to replace Mr. Thomas - its new principal! Kevin Lasky joins the North administrative team from Medina High School, where he has been the assistant principal for the past two years.|
|The South High community welcomes Chris McDuffie as its new assistant principal. Mr. McDuffie served previously as acting assistant principal at South and at Casey Middle School. He also has been a PE/Health teacher at both Casey and Transit Middle schools.|
|The district has a new Transportation Supervisor! Graham Violino replaces Caroline Parry, who retired after more than 30 years of service. Most recently, Mr. Violino was the head bus driver for the district's fleet.|
|Heidie Buffomante is the new assistant principal at Dodge Elementary. Ms. Buffomante joins the district from Ken-Ton schools where she was the assistant principal at Hoover Middle School.|
|Lindsay Kubera is the new assistant principal at Maple West Elementary. She comes to Williamsville from the New York City Department of Education, where she held several positions over the past 14 years including interim assistant principal, school-level Special Education Coordinator, and Special Education teacher.|
2018-19 District Goals
District - Review districtwide efforts for stakeholder feedback in order to refine District initiatives.
- Continue to identify and implement increased opportunities for students in an effort to enhance their instructional program as well as their overall educational experience.
- Examine best practice and research regarding academic progress and communication with families to identify common expectations and implementation of effective practices to enhance the manner in which student understanding is assessed and conveyed to parents/guardians.
- Reflect upon, and explore, the Response to Intervention and Academic Intervention processes and identify enhancements to these models.
- Continue to implement "best practices" and enhance programming in the areas of social-emotional competencies, mental and physical health, wellness and student services.
- Continue to facilitate expanded safety planning efforts, school climate initiatives, culturally responsive education and the focus upon inclusive school communities.
- Remain committed to the effective implementation of special education programming to include successful models of service delivery, expanded professional development opportunities and the provision of appropriate instructional modifications, accommodations, scaffolding and behavioral supports.
- Continue to explore and enhance infrastructure and staffing, professional development opportunities and technology integration, implementation and access.
- Implement the District Technology Plan to address evolving District technology needs and meet all requirements as established by the New York State Education Department necessary to obtain plan approval.
- Initiate a review process for the potential replacement of the District's external fiber.
- Work with Hiring Practices Rules and Procedures Committee to publish and implement revised hiring practices.
- Establish Administrative Hiring Practices Committee.
- Review implementation of online course program for effectiveness.
- Complete audit of extra-curricular activities and establish a revised process for annual reviews and pay structure.
- Ensure compliance with Janus v. AFSCME ruling. Meet with all union groups and establish procedures for implementation.
- Develop a new Smart Bonds project plan that addresses physical school building security needs.
- Continue to provide management control and oversight of the 2015 Facility Improvement capital project so that the work is completed according to the approved plans and specifications.
- The District continues to complete the required action steps needed for the 2018 Capital Project.
- Provide Supervisors who have recently transitioned to their position with guidance and support that improves their understanding of their responsibilities and role in the Williamsville Central School District.
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