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New City of Tonawanda school superintendent has roots in community

The Tonawanda City School Board appointed Timothy A. Oldenburg as the district's new superintendent at a special meeting Tuesday.

Oldenburg, currently the deputy school superintendent in West Seneca, will return to his family's roots when he takes over the top post in July.

A graduate of North Tonawanda High School, Oldenburg said his parents and late grandparents lived in the City of Tonawanda. His grandfather, James Oldenburg, served as police chief in the City of Tonawanda in the 1970s and 1980s. His parents also attended high school in the City of Tonawanda.

"I'm 100 percent committed to being a Warrior," Oldenburg said. "There's a lot of family pride here and it's an incredible opportunity."

Oldenburg will replaceĀ James Newton, who has been with the district for 19 of his 31 years in public education. Newton praised his replacement, but called leaving bittersweet.

Newton's retirement takes effect July 1, the end of the school year.

Oldenburg, who is 39, will be paid $155,000 per year, under a three-year contract.

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