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SUPERINTENDENT IS PLEASED TO BE ON BOARD, AND IN WNY

"I hope to retire from this district," Thomas J. Markle said on his second day on the job as superintendent of Springville-Griffith Institute and Central School.

Markle, 47, who began his education career as a science teacher at Albion Central School and later coached football, comes to the Springville area from the Amsterdam City School District, where he was superintendent for two years.

"I know Western New York, its weather and its people," he said. "I have taught and been a superintendent in districts somewhat similar to Springville. My wife, the former Deborah Hingston, came from Kenmore and still has family there and in Amherst.

"I left Amsterdam because the board of education changed from the one that hired me," he explained. "It shifted to one of fiscal conservatism. It would have been difficult to carry out my education ideas under that school board."

The Springville district, which has about 2,500 students, is in the middle of a $10.9 million building-improvement program.

His immediate goals include carrying out the staffing plans begun by former Superintendent Dean Bettker, who resigned last spring after two years in the job to accept a post in Amityville, L.I.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the district had three superintendents on hand. Besides Bettker, who had returned as a consultant, Markle was being shown the district by interim Superintendent Richard Gloss, who is finishing the temporary assignment he assumed in late June.

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