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Baumann named superintendent of Newfane schools

NEWFANE – Michael J. Baumann was appointed superintendent of the Newfane Central School District by the Newfane School Board at a special meeting Monday.

Baumann is scheduled to start Nov. 2.

For the past seven years, Baumann has served as assistant superintendent, human resources and planning, for the Sweet Home Central School District, which includes portions of the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity in Newfane,” Baumann said. “I’ve had a great deal of experience at Sweet Home, which I think will help me with my superintendent’s job in Newfane.”

He replaces Bruce Fraser, who became Newfane’s interim superintendent July 1 after Michael Wendt resigned as a shared superintendent between Newfane and Wilson schools on June 30. Wendt had served as shared superintendent for two years, and is currently in his 14th year as Wilson superintendent. Wendt said he had determined that the shared arrangement “was not sustainable.”

The board chose Baumann over two other finalists, Robert Cluckey and Ryan Schoenfeld, narrowing an initial field of 16 candidates.

While at Sweet Home, Baumann has coordinated recruitment and hiring of all district personnel, as well as supervised buildings and grounds, food service and transportation departments, among other duties. The district has 3,567 students in pre-K through Grade 12 and operates on a budget of about $68 million. The Getzville resident started his career in education as a school counselor at West Seneca West Senior High School, earned two master’s degrees in education and in educational administration and supervision from Canisius College, and previously served as principal at both Maryvale and Frontier High Schools.

The Newfane district, also pre-K through 12, currently has an enrollment of 1,600 and a budget of $33 million.