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Board loses president to town's need for attorney

With his new job as town attorney added to his day job, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board president says he's left with little time for school district duties. Daniel T. Cavarello, who was hired by the Town of Tonawanda in January, will resign from the School Board in May.

"It's not realistic for me to do a good job in both positions," he said. "It's a great job that came up; the disappointment is I have to leave the board."

Cavarello is in the first year of his second term on the board. He has been board president the past two years.

The board announced Tuesday during its regular meeting that the upcoming vacancy will be filled when the regular elections are held May 16.

Board Vice President Paul Stencel said a special election won't be necessary because Cavarello plans to stay on long enough to complete the budget process as a full board member and in time for the elections. Avoiding a special election will save the district money since it won't have to hire additional workers and rent voting machines, Stencel said.

Board member Louis Reuter's term is up in May, so voters will elect two board members. Stencel said the highest vote-getter will receive a full three-year term, and the second-place finisher will get the two years remaining on Cavarello's term.

Cavarello informed the board in December about his plans to step down.

"It's a disappointment because the board is working together well," said Superintendent Steve A. Achramovitch. "He's been a great leader as board president. We'll continue to move in the direction that he started."

Stencel said, "All of us are disappointed that Dan needs to step down."

Cavarello, who works for a law firm full time, said it was a tough decision.

"The town attorney position was a tremendous opportunity for me," he said. "I thought about it long and hard."


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