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Mueller to take over Aug. 6 as new superintendent

Overseeing capital improvements while tending to the academic achievement of Depew's 6,200 students will keep the district's new superintendent busy.

Kimberly Mueller will move into the top job Aug. 6.

"I'm excited to do this," she said.

Mueller, whose appointment was recently approved by the School Board, has been director of elementary education in the Lancaster School District for four years and principal of Hillview Elementary in Lancaster for the previous six years.

Mueller also was a building principal for two years in the City of Tonawanda School District and an assistant principal and a classroom teacher in Niagara-Wheatfield Central schools.

Depew Superintendent Robert F. DeFilippo retired at the end of June.

"We're excited to have her," said Steven Carmina, Depew board president.

He said at least 10 educators applied for the superintendent's spot, and the pool was narrowed first to six and then to three candidates.

"They are very educationally oriented, which is right up my ally," Mueller said of Depew schools. "My skills seemed to match what they're looking for."

Mueller, who signed a three-year contract, will receive $130,000 a year, the same salary as DeFilippo had been receiving.

Voters in May approved a $32.9 million capital project to update aging buildings and athletic facilities, modernize libraries and science labs, move the fifth grade back to Cayuga Heights, return the eighth grade to the middle school and provide space for the ninth-grade academy.

The plans are to be developed and approved in the coming year, and construction is expected to begin next spring or summer.

In addition to overseeing the project, Mueller will be getting to know the district, its staff, students and parents.

"My main goal is to meet with a large number of constituents both inside the school community and the greater community, to get a good impression of what's working, what's not working in the district," she said.

She said she has an open-door policy and sees her position as somewhat of a facilitator.

"My job is to help others be better at their jobs," Mueller said.

e-mail: bobrien@buffnews.com

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