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Retired Amherst school chief is Akron interim superintendent

Dennis Ford, retired superintendent of the Amherst Central School District, has been appointed interim superintendent by the Akron Central Board of Education.

Ford, who retired from Amherst Central in 2007, was interim superintendent of the Depew School District from January to June 2010.

He will serve in Akron until the board decides on a replacement for Robin B. Zymroz, who resigned as superintendent in late July to be director of student services in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.

The board hopes to have a new superintendent by December.

Ford, whose appointment was approved Aug. 15, was absent from Wednesday's board meeting, which was presided over by Scott Payne, director of instruction and student services, who served briefly as acting superintendent. He is leaving at the end of this week to be director of student and staff learning with the Alden School District.

In other business, the board appointed Taweepon Siminski to the new position of director of special education/assistant high school principal. Siminski, who was full-time assistant high school principal, will now serve half time in that post. She will have tenure in the new position. She will also lead the Committee of Special Education.

It also reinstated two positions to full time that had been reduced in hours as part of cuts made in the 2011-12 budget. But because the district ended the year with a surplus, the board was able to keep a promise it made during budget deliberations that it would consider restoring a music teacher and librarian to full-time status.

Also reinstated is a teacher assistant position that will be split between the elementary and middle schools.

The board discussed the possibility of reinstating two clerk-typists positions to full time in the special education and Middle School offices, but no decision was made. Just four of the board's seven members were in attendance. The matter will likely be addressed at the board's Sept. 14 meeting.

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