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New Forest Elementary principal is from Martzloff's old district

Another administrator from the same rural school district that Superintendent Scott Martzloff hailed from has come to serve in a leadership position with the Williamsville school district.

Keith Wing, principal of Byron-Bergen Elementary School in Genesee County, was named the new principal of Forest Elementary School on Thursday. He will begin July 23, replacing Principal Shirlee Paveljack, who is retiring at the end of this school year after 27 years as the school's principal.

Martzloff said he didn't recruit Wing to apply for the Forest Elementary leadership post. Wing was one of 55 applicants for the position.

"He wanted to come to the best school district in Western New York and knew what a great boss I was," Martzloff said, grinning.

Prior to serving as principal of Byron-Bergen Elementary, Wing served four years as the district's dean of students for grades five through 12 and was the district's athletic director. He had also previously worked as a teacher in two other school districts and coached high school and college sports.

He gained his bachelor's in elementary education from Oswego State College, his master's degree from Brockport State College and is a certified school district administrator.

Wing was one of three finalists recommended to Martzloff by a selection committee of Forest Elementary teachers, staff, parents and other district personnel, which interviewed 10 candidates for the principal's seat.

Wing will earn an annual salary of $102,000.

In other news Thursday:

*The School Board held a public hearing on the budget, but no one signed up to speak. The $164.5 million budget for next school year would raise spending by $2.73 million, or 1.69 percent, and raise taxes by 2.72 percent.

A vote on the budget and School Board candidates will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 15 in the Williamsville North High School gym.

*The PTSA Council held a Meet the Candidates night. Voters will also be asked to elect three candidates to the nine-member School Board. The candidates are running unopposed for three-year terms beginning July 1. Two newcomer candidates will assume the seats being vacated by board members William Freeman and Eugene Covelli.

Candidate Toni Vazquez, 44, is a co-owner and office administrator at Urban Family Practice, a Buffalo medical practice. She has a master's of business administration from Medaille College. She has two children at East High and one at Maple East Elementary. She last ran unsuccessfully for a board seat in 2010.

Candidate Jay Smith, 40, is a division general manager at Rural/Metro Medical Services, where he has worked since 2006. He has three young children, one of whom is attending Maple East Elementary.

Board President Michael Littman, 58, an incumbent, is seeking election to a third term. He is an associate professor at Buffalo State College and associate chairman of the business department. He has two children, the youngest of whom graduated from North High last year.