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> PIONEER SCHOOLS

Huff, former principal, appointed superintendent

Former Pioneer High School Principal Sharon Huff has been appointed superintendent of the Pioneer Central School District.

Huff left Pioneer to become assistant superintendent, and later superintendent, at Cleveland Hill School District in mid-2007. She will begin her new duties at Pioneer on July 1.

The search for a superintendent began last fall after Jeffrey Bowen announced his retirement, to take effect June 30. A districtwide survey gathered public input on the desired qualities of a new superintendent. Committees of students, faculty, support staff, administrators, parents, community members and the Board of Education helped narrow the field of candidates.

Huff, noted by the School Board for being "respectful, approachable as well as accessible," will be the sixth permanent superintendent in the 45-year history of the Pioneer School District and the first woman.

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> TOWN OF TONAWANDA

Parker Boulevard traffic faces another closing

Traffic on Parker Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda is taking another turn for the worse today, with a second intersection closing because of the ongoing sewer project.

The intersection with Glenalby Road will be closed for approximately three months, Ken Maving, director of the town's Water Resources Department, announced at Monday afternoon's Town Board work session.

To the north, the intersection of Parker Boulevard and Koenig Road has been closed since December. Traffic on a section of Parker, beneath the Youngmann Memorial Highway, is expected to resume by June, easing access to nearby recreational facilities.

Both closures are part of the $30 million, two-year sewer replacement project that began last July.

Parker Boulevard has projects working from both ends. While the sewer replacement project heads south, installation of a 12-inch water line is progressing north from Eggert Road.

By December, Parker Boulevard -- between Eggert Road and roughly the Youngmann overpass -- will be repaved.

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> BUFFALO SCHOOLS

Makowski Center to teach Baccalaureate Programme

Makowski Early Childhood Center 99 has been authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, the Buffalo school district announced.

The program, for students ages 3 to 12, focuses on developing the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

The program features six transdisciplinary themes: who we are, where we are in place and time, how we express ourselves, how the world works, how we organize ourselves and sharing the planet. Those themes help teachers develop in-depth investigations into ideas identified by the teachers and require a high level of involvement on the part of the students. They usually last several weeks.

Superintendent James A. Williams said he is proud of the efforts of the administration, staff and students of Makowski for working to earn the accreditation. "This is part of global learning that all of our students need to be aware of and a part of," he said.

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