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2 assistant principals hired for Lancaster School District

The Lancaster Central School District will have two new assistant principals this fall.

The School Board this week hired Scott Bindemann as its new middle school principal at a salary of $82,500, replacing John D. Bender, who was fired by the district in June.

Bindemann previously worked as a career and technology coordinator for the Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services. He begins in Lancaster on Aug. 29.

Bender, who was charged with driving while intoxicated in two separate incidents in 2015, was fired by the School Board in a special meeting on June 13, following Hearing Officer Jeffery M. Sherman’s June 10 decision that he should be terminated from any positions he held with the district, effective June 11, according to minutes from the special board meeting.

Bender, of Lockport, was charged with DWI on June 10, 2015 after police found him asleep at the wheel on the side of a road in Clarence, according to the Buffalo News’ archives. He was arrested again on Oct. 2 on a DWI charge following an accident in Lockport.

Hired by the district in 2000, Bender had been an assistant high school principal before moving in 2013 to the middle school as its assistant principal.

In another personnel move, the School Board also named Stephanie Lackie as an assistant principal at its high school, effective Sept. 12, at a starting salary of $82,500. Lackie, who is one of three assistant high school principals, succeeds Monica Daigler, who left for a principal post at an intermediate school in the Starpoint Central School District. Lackie formerly was a secondary school principal at Panama Central School District.

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