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MacDonald picked to lead district

The Royalton-Hartland School Board hired a new superintendent Tuesday evening to succeed Paul J. Bona Jr., who will retire June 30 after 10 years in the post.

Kevin M. MacDonald, 38, who has served as assistant superintendent at the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services for the past eight years, will take the job.

MacDonald was selected from among three finalists following a five-month search. The board voted, 6-0, to hire him. Member William Howell was unable to attend the special session.

MacDonald will assume his new duties July 1 at an annual salary of $143,000.

"We were pleased with all three candidates but felt Kevin's wide experience in different educational positions and his leadership and experience in this area made him best suited for the position," School Board President Patricia Riegle said.

The other candidates were Joseph Hochreiter, deputy superintendent of the Elmira School District, and York Central School District Superintendent Thomas Manko.

MacDonald worked as an assistant principal at Lewiston-Porter High School as well as at Roy-Hart in the 1990s, Riegle said. He left Roy-Hart in the late 1990s to become the director of alternative education at Erie 1 BOCES for a short period before going to Orleans-Niagara BOCES.

Orleans-Niagara BOCES Superintendent Clark Godshall helped the Roy-Hart board conduct the search for Bona's replacement -- and now will lose his second in command because of it.

"Dr. Godshall did a great job, and he didn't particularly want to see Kevin leave," Riegle said.

MacDonald told The Buffalo News he gets along well with Bona, the man who hired him originally at Roy-Hart.
"I expect there will be a very smooth transition," he said.

MacDonald grew up in Lockport and went to public schools in the city. He got his degrees at Fredonia State and Buffalo State colleges.

e-mail: pwestmoore@buffnews.com

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