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Williams fills two key posts

Joseph C. Melvin, principal of a middle school in Norfolk, Va., has been named to a top instructional position in the Buffalo Public Schools, Superintendent James A. Williams announced Wednesday evening.

As one of four community superintendents, Melvin will oversee about 20 city schools. He will make $116,000 a year and begin Aug. 6.

Melvin has been a school administrator in Norfolk since 1994 and was previously a teacher, assistant principal and basketball coach in Hampton, Va.

In addition, Monica Peoples, a project administrator in the district's grants office, has been promoted to executive director of student services, at a salary still be be determined. Peoples replaces Eric Rosser, who resigned recently to take a position in Atlanta.

Both Melvin's and Peoples' jobs are non-union and did not require formal approval from the Board of Education.

In other personnel moves, the board approved a reshuffling of several principals and assistant principals. In two of the more noteable moves:

* Fatima Morrell, the principal at Harriet Ross Tubman School 31, who recently came under fire from parents, teachers and students, will be removed from that position and given a yet-to-be-determined assignment. Sixto Indalecio, now the principal of Native American Magnet School 19, will be the new principal at School 31, 212 Stanton St.

* Kevin Eberle, the principal of Grover Cleveland High School, will become principal of International Prep, a new math and science component planned at Grover. Casey Young, a former assistant principal at Harriet Ross Tubman, was appointed principal of the existing program at Grover.

The math and science component planned at Grover has raised fears on the West Side that the school's longtime role in serving the Hispanic community will diminish.

"That community does not feel like part of the family right now," said West District board member Ralph Hernandez.

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