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Two years ago, staff and teachers bid farewell to Kenmore Middle School. On Tuesday, the Board of Education celebrated a new life for the nearly 94-year-old building. The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education held its first board meeting in the new community room – a transformed former cafeteria in the middle school at 155 Delaware Road. The room has state-of-…

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Like most schools districts, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda has put in place a variety of devices and procedures to try and ensure student and staff safety. But in the wake of last month's deadly attack on a school in Florida, officials want to do more. "Obviously this is a topic of great concern," School Superintendent Stephen Bovino said last week as he presented a buil…

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Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda parents have for years been able to enroll their children in any district school, a practice known as open enrollment. That practice is about to end. The School Board said it plans to end open enrollment for children in grades kindergarten through seven. Students already enrolled would be allowed to remain in place. The board must have two r…

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board agreed Tuesday to sell the Philip Sheridan Building for $1 million to CMS Rentals, but the sale is contingent on voter approval of a ballot resolution in May. Assistant Superintendent of Finance John J. Brucato said CMS Rentals was the highest of three bidders for the school. CMS Rentals intends to turn the former middle school…

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The Philip Sheridan Building on Elmwood Avenue is a relic, a monument to a time in the 1950 and 1960s when the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District could not keep up with the community's growth and the student population swelled to more than 22,000 in nearly two dozen schools. The enrollment today is not even a third of what it was at its peak and Philip Sheridan w…

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Assistant Superintendent of Finance John Brucato thinks the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board should propose a new $66 million capital project before the end of the year. Brucato said he thinks the district's finances are healthy enough to vote on a new project in December. Voters approved a $59 million project in 2009 and $51.6 million plan in 2014. "We try …

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District has been addressing suicide prevention as they heard from the family of a student who committed suicide earlier this year, district officials said. Joseph Smajdor spoke out at a recent Town of Tonawanda board meeting and said he’d like to work with the district to launch a foundation in his grandson’s name to address social …

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District saw a precipitous drop in its fund balance, from $50 million in 2009 to about $25 million in the following five years, but Assistant Finance Director John J. Brucato told the School Board on Tuesday that their nest egg is getting bigger. Brucato presented his forecast on finances for the 2018-19 budget to the School Board on…

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education will hold its Oct. 10 meeting at the Philip Sheridan Building, putting off for at least one month its plan to move School Board meetings to Kenmore Middle School. Moving the School Board meetings to the high tech room at the former middle school has been held up by construction and material delays, according to school spo…

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education plans to move to new high-tech meeting room in the Kenmore Middle School next month and will hold its last meeting in the Philip Sheridan Building at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. John Brucato, assistant superintendent of finance, said the move will also allow the district to put the Elmwood Avenue building up for sale. …

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board will get an update on the district's ongoing capital project from Campus Construction at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The $52 million phase 2 of the project began last summer and includes work at all nine district buildings, as well as athletic fields and auditoriums. Work will be done over the next two to three years and …

Town of Tonawanda

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board unanimously adopted a final budget on Tuesday that holds the line on taxes and closes an estimated $1.9 million budget gap in the $160.7 million budget. The School Board was able to close the gap without raising taxes, while simultaneously adding programming to the schools, Assistant Superintendent of Finance John J. Brucato sa…

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board plans to adopt a final budget on Tuesday that holds the line on taxes and closes an estimated $1.9 million budget gap in the $160.7 million budget. Assistant Superintendent of Finance John Brucato said the School Board was able to close the gap without raising taxes, while simultaneously adding programming to the schools. "W…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board meeting planned for Tuesday has been rescheduled to next week Tuesday, March 21, due to the related school closing/snow day. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Philip Sheridan Building Community Room, 3200 Elmwood Ave. A tentative agenda has been posted on the school website.