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State ed commissioner kicks off school year with visit to WNY

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is kicking off a new school year in Western New York, spending the day visiting schools in Sweet Home and Niagara Falls.

After visiting two Buffalo schools Tuesday, Elia spent Wednesday morning shaking hands with students and parents at Sweet Home’s Glendale Elementary.

She then stopped by Sweet Home High School where she started her career and visited with teachers.

“I had a great experience here and I hope you’re having a good experience,” Elia said. “And as commissioner I hope to make it better.”