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2 top administrators leave city school district

Two top Buffalo Public Schools administrators -- including the official overseeing the $1 billion school renovation project -- have retired, Superintendent James A. Williams announced last week.

Williams thanked Roy W. Rogers, the district's chief operations officer and point man on the renovation project, and Guy P. Rizzuto, supervisor of information technology, "for their dedicated service."

Rogers and Rizzuto, non-union administrators, were hired by former Superintendent Marion Canedo. Several sources said they fell out of favor after Williams became superintendent last July.

Williams said the departments they headed will be realigned "to better address the evolving personnel needs of the district."

The shake-up results in greatly expanded duties for Gary Crosby, formerly the district's chief financial officer.

Crosby will become chief financial and operating officer, and assume responsibility for the school renovation project and for district facilities, Williams said. A chief technology officer will be hired, and Crosby will supervise that person.

Despite his new duties, Crosby will continue to receive his current salary of $130,000, said Heather Groll, a district spokeswoman. In addition, the district will hire a construction manager to oversee the renovation work.

Rogers, 61, was a central figure in the planning and financing of the 2,500-student Niagara Falls High School, which opened in 2000, and was the first public high school in the state built with private funds. He was hired by the Buffalo schools in 2002, and earned $122,130.

Rizzuto, supervisor of information technology since 2001, was paid $107,125. He is 57.
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