Tonawanda News

The City

November 28, 2012

Busing problems keep district's attention


Tonawanda News — Now, the building still sits vacant.

A new for sale sign sits on the property’s lawn and board members aren’t pleased by the continuing vacancy. Although People Inc. is still working on obtaining state grants for a housing project, the owners are keeping their options open and won’t agree to a formal agreement until funding is assured.

Board members opposed hiring the same realtor and called the Highland School sale a failure.

The board also moved to executive session to discuss the search for a new superintendent.

Board President Jackie Smilinich said they were set to discuss the advisory committee’s work. The committee, made up of community members and organization leaders in the city, conducted preliminary interviews with five candidates and then completed an anonymous online survey.

The board will whittle those candidates down to two or three finalists and then will conduct a second interview.

The salary range for the position was posted at no more than $160,000.

The current plan will have a new superintendent in place by February. Assistant Superintendent Mary Beth Scullion will continue to fill in until then.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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