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St. Benedict School names Michael C. LaFever principal

A veteran educator, with experience in public and religious institutions throughout Western New York, has been named principal of St. Benedict School in Eggertsville,

Michael C. LaFever assumed leadership of the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school Monday, a spokesman announced. He succeeded Molly Halady, who accepted a job with Buffalo Public Schools.

Before the move to St. Benedict, LaFever had served the past two years as chief administrative officer for administration and auxiliary services at Trocaire College in South Buffalo; he previously spent six years as the college’s dean of program development and enrollment management.

Before Trocaire, he served as superintendent of schools in Ellicottville and at the South Country School District on Long Island.

“Dr. LaFever’s vast experience in the classroom and in school administration will help us to continue on our pathway to academic excellence,” the Rev. Robert M. Mock, pastor of St. Benedict Parish, said in a statement.

LaFever also had worked as an elementary school principal in the Elba School District, in Genesee County, and the New Hartford School District, in Oneida County. He was an elementary school teacher in the Olean School District.

In addition, LaFever was director of curriculum, instruction and staff development in the Tonawanda School District, director of tech prep at Niagara County Community College and an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Buffalo State.