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Amherst School Board appoints Panella as new superintendent

News Staff Report

The Amherst School Board has appointed a new superintendent.

The board Tuesday named Anthony J. Panella, who currently serves as the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, to succeed Laura K. Chabe, who retired last month.

“We are excited that Mr. Panella has agreed to be our next superintendent and are confident that he will provide the leadership, insight and commitment necessary to preserve Amherst’s tradition of excellence as well as to move the District to even greater levels of achievement,” said School Board President Ann Marie Carosella.

“Mr. Panella is recognized regionally as an excellent school administrator. The strong working relationships he has forged during his tenure and his familiarity with our district will allow him to hit the ground running.”

The board will now have to find a successor for Panella as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

As superintendent, Panella will head a school district comprising four schools with an enrollment of 2,900 students and more than 500 teachers, administrators and support staff. The district has an annual budget of nearly $54 million.

Prior to becoming Amherst’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Panella worked for Akron Central Schools as middle school principal and director of curriculum. He also served as a Starpoint Middle School assistant principal, and worked as a social studies teacher at Amherst Middle School.

Panella, 38, earned a Master of Science in education from Canisius College, where he also earned his school district administration certification. His appointment as superintendent is effective April 6. His contract with the district extends to June 30, 2019.