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Jennie L. Scibetta, 88, a teacher and groundbreaking school administrator, died Thursday (July 24, 1997) in her Eggertsville home after a long illness.

Born and reared in Buffalo, Ms. Scibetta was an educator for 43 years until she retired in the mid-1970s.

She attended Fosdick-Masten Park High School, Buffalo Normal School and Buffalo State Teachers College. She received her master's degree, magna cum laude, in education from Buffalo State College.

She began her teaching career in Newfane, where she taught fourth and fifth grades for 12 years. She then moved to the Williamsville School District and taught fourth grade for 13 years at the Academy School, and fourth grade for one year at Forest Elementary School.

In 1957, she became assistant principal of Forest Elementary, the first woman to serve as an administrator in the district. During her 17 years there, she was a member of the Williamsville Teachers Association, the Williamsville District PACER Committee, the District PTA Council, the Scholarship Committee and the Sabbatical Leave Committee, and was chairwoman for two years of American Education Week in the Williamsville District.

Her community associations included Girls Scouts, Rosary Hill College Guild and St. Benedict Catholic Church's Rosary and Altar Society.

She also was a 20-year charter member of the International Zonta Club of Amherst, a charter member of Alpha Delta Kappa and a member of the Fosdick-Masten Park High School Alumni Association.

Associated with many professional organizations, she was a life member of two: the New York State PTA and the Buffalo State College Alumni Association. She also was a member of the New York State Principals Association and the State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development for 17 years.

She won the PTA Council American Education Week Award in 1974.

Services were private. Interment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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