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Wilson named head coach of school football team

Brian Wilson, athletic coordinator of the Depew School District, has been appointed head coach of the Wildcats football team.

Wilson's appointment was one of a number of coaching positions approved for the 2012-13 school year at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.

He replaces Dan McGrath, who resigned earlier this month in the wake of allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with the wife of a former Depew assistant football coach.

The woman, a part-time lifeguard at Depew High School, was fired in May after signing an affidavit prepared by school officials concerning the alleged relationship.

Wilson, a physical education teacher, was given additional duties as athletic coordinator in September 2010 when McGrath retired as athletic director. Lynn Girdlestone, assistant high school principal, was given the added duties of athletic director.

The coaching appointments were not read aloud at the meeting. Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey said afterward that the list included Wilson's appointment as head football coach. Rabey said Wilson has been with the district since 2001.


School Board fills administrative post

The Tonawanda City School Board filled a key administrative opening after they hired Stephen A. Perry as the new director of business and finance.

The previous top administrator for business and finance had an assistant superintendent title. Now billed as an director, Tonawanda Superintendent Whitney Vantine said the move was a change in title only and Perry will still have the same responsibilities and salary range as the position had before.

Perry previously served as the school business administrator at Highland, the Greater Southern Tier BOCES organization, Springville Griffith Institute, East Aurora and Alden schools. Prior to his work in education, Perry worked as a senior staff accountant in a private firm.

Perry is set to make $96,000 this year in the position and starts July 16.


YMCA given $20,000 by Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines has presented YMCA Buffalo Niagara a donation of $20,000 to help economically challenged children and families participate in YMCA programs such as summer camps, health and wellness services and child care.

In addition, children enrolled in the School Age Child Care after-school program at Ken-Ton Family YMCA were treated to a field trip with Delta Air Lines employees and Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey.


Legislature ratifies budget for NCCC

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature Tuesday ratified the 2012-13 Niagara County Community College budget, which includes a 2 percent tuition increase.

The $48.6 million budget, which shows a total spending increase of six-tenths of 1 percent, keeps the county taxpayers' share unchanged at $8.87 million for the sixth consecutive year.