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Niagara Wheatfield hires Ljiljanich as new superintendent

SANBORN – Daniel G. Ljiljanich, superintendent of the Silver Creek Central School District, was hired Tuesday to head the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District.

Ljiljanich, who will take office here July 1, has been superintendent of Silver Creek for the last three years.

He described Niagara Wheatfield as “one of the handful of school districts in Western New York that (he) would consider leaving from (his) current job.” The district has “a great academic reputation” and he said he hears “great things” from the people he knows in Niagara Wheatfield.

School Board president Steve Sabo said the hiring concludes a three-month search the board conducted after Lynn Fusco announced she had accepted the position as head of the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Ljiljanich is the fourth superintendent Niagara Wheatfield has had and the sixth person in the top office since 2008.

Sabo said the new superintendent, who was given a five-year contract, will be paid $165,000 a year. He said there are no additional perks in the first year but incentives may be offered in future years.

Ljiljanich, who grew up in the City of Tonawanda, lives in Williamsville with his wife and three children.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies education from SUNY Fredonia, a master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo State and graduated from Canisius College’s Educational Administration and Supervision Program. He holds permanent certification as a school district administrator from the New York State Education Department. Prior to being at Silver Creek Central School District, he served as assistant principal and principal at Williamsville South High School and taught Social Studies at Orchard Park High School and Tonawanda High School. He is the incoming president of the Far West Council of New York Council of School Superintendents.

He was hired by a five-member majority of the board at the special meeting. Two members were absent. Sabo said Ljiljanich will be formally introduced at a reception at the June 3 meeting. Sabo thanked the Silver Creek School Board for releasing Ljiljanich from his contract early.