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Lockport superintendent shuffles five administrators to fill vacancies

Lockport School Superintendent Terry Ann Carbone has made five administrative appointments over the past six weeks to fill a series of voids tied to the recent reassignment of two district administrators.

The changes were made after Melissa Niver, an assistant principal at Lockport High School, resigned to become principal at the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services' Niagara Career and Technical Education Center on Saunders Settlement Road, Cambria. Also, Barbara J. Converso, the district's director of Alternative Education Programs, left to take over as principal of Barker Middle School last summer.

To replace Niver, Carbone said last week she appointed Bernadette L. Smith, an assistant principal at Emmet Belknap Middle School, to fill the high school's assistant principal slot. Her annual salary is $78,382.

Smith started out here in 1996 as a substitute teacher and taught social studies full-time at Emmet Belknap through 2006. She also was made co-director of Belknap's summer school program in 2004 and was appointed the school's assistant principal in 2006.

Converso was replaced by Russell J. Buckley, who has served as principal of Charles A. Upson Elementary School since 2006. His annual salary as director is $88,630.

To fill the vacancy created by Smith's appointment, Carbone said she named Scott A. Trachte, a fifth-grade teacher at Roy B. Kelley Elementary School and coordinator of district summer school programs for elementary and middle school pupils, as assistant principal at Belknap. His annual salary is $77,032.

Carbone said she replaced Buckley by making Jennifer P. Gilson, the assistant principal at North Park Middle School, principal at Charles Upson at a $82,604 annual salary.

Amy B. Moeller, an elementary teacher at George Southard Elementary School and heavily involved in the development of mathematics and literacy curricula, replaced Gilson as the assistant principal at North Park. Her annual salary will be $77,032.

Despite the short notice last summer, Carbone said she had no problem filling administrative vacancies.

"I did it in three weeks because I was able to fill all the positions internally," Carbone said. "I was able to do that because we have a lot of very talented people in this district who are ready to lead and who are very closely aligned with the district's educational philosophy and understand our district's goals," she said.

"When you have good people, you have no trouble finding the right person for the job."


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