The West Seneca Central School Board appointed Jean M. Kovach superintendent Tuesday night.
She will succeed Superintendent James K. Brotz when he retires Jan. 2.
Kovach has served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at West Seneca for the past seven years, guiding the district's Comprehensive District Education Plan.
"I'm honored, very honored," she said.
Kovach said student achievement is on the rise, and she credits the district's educators. "We would like to continue improving student achievement," she said.
Kovach agreed to a three-year contract with an annual salary of $162,225. The contract does not include health insurance.
"I think Jean is an outstanding educational leader," said board President Mark Lazzara. "I think she will bring a new sort of flavor to the district, yet keep us in a positive direction."
Her 21-year teaching career started at Tonawanda High School. She also taught at the American School in Warsaw, Poland; in Houston; Dade County, Fla., and for Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
Kovach, 56, also was an assistant principal at Orleans-Niagara BOCES and served as assistant principal at West Seneca East for four years. She became principal at Hamburg High School and director of instruction for the Hamburg School District before returning to West Seneca seven years ago.
"I grew my administrative roots here," she said. "I know the culture, I know the people."
She said she wants to provide each child a comprehensive set of skills that will serve them well in the future.
"Approximately 20,000 parents entrust us with their children every day," Lazzara said, calling Kovach a strong educational leader. "We have chosen a superintendent worthy of that trust."
Kovach said she plans to post the position of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.