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DeFilippo to step down in June

Depew School Superintendent Robert F. DeFilippo will be ending his tenure as the district's top administrator at the end of the school year.

The School Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to accept DeFilippo's resignation effective June 30.

"It is with reluctance that I accept Mr. DeFilippo's retirement resignation. He has been a great asset to this district for 10 years," said School Board President Susan Wagner, reading a prepared statement during a meeting of the board Tuesday night.

DeFilippo, who did not attend the meeting, came to the district in 1997 after serving as program services manager for North Tonawanda schools. DeFilippo served as assistant superintendent for Depew schools until he was appointed superintendent in 2002.

The current contract, which expires June 30, includes an option to extend the terms and conditions. However, DeFilippo and the board would have had to have reached an agreement as of Monday.

Wagner declined to say Tuesday whether the board and DeFilippo had been negotiating to extend his contract.

DeFilippo's base salary for the current school year is $130,000.

Wagner said the board has yet to discuss a plan for replacing him.

In her prepared statement, Wagner said that under DeFilippo's guidance, the district saw test scores increase at all of its schools, as well as dramatic increases in the number of students who graduated with Regents diplomas and other educational distinctions.

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