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Tonawanda School Board makes changes in several positions

Several administrative positions in the Tonawanda City School District were shuffled and reclassified for the upcoming school year, as the Board of Education unanimously approved the changes Tuesday night.

The district revised the position of Amy Edgerton, director of special education, who has been with the district since 2011. The board created the new position of pupil personnel services director to be filled by Edgerton, abolishing her old position.

Superintendent James Newton said Edgerton will continue to supervise the needs of the district’s special education program, but she will be assigned additional responsibilities, which prompted the district to reclassify her job. Newton also noted the district may hire two additional employees to help Edgerton with her additional workload.

The board also shuffled the administrative responsibilities of the physical education and athletic departments. Board members abolished the position of coordinator of athletics and physical education previously held by Bradly Halgash, who was recently hired as principal of Mullen Elementary School.

The district is splitting the responsibilities into two positions. A newly created physical education director position will be filled by Halgash, who has the administrative credentials to make hiring decisions in the department and will earn a $9,000 stipend for his work.

An athletic manager job was also created, and the board appointed Renee Lettow Smith to temporarily fill the part-time role at an hourly wage of $21.45. Newton said the district is interviewing candidates for the athletic manager job on a permanent basis, but was unsure of any cost benefit by splitting the job responsibilities between two people.

The board also unanimously approved a new labor contract with the Tonawanda Administrative Supervisory Group, a bargaining unit that includes administrators and principals. The new contract is effective through June 2016. Officials did not provide immediate details of the new contract Tuesday.

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