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North Collins taps Williamsville East principal as its next superintendent

The principal of Williamsville East High School has been named the next superintendent of the North Collins Central School District.

The School Board unanimously appointed Scott Taylor, a Hamburg resident, to the post during a special meeting Thursday night.

Board members called his administrative experience impressive. Before joining the Williamsville Central School District, he held an administrative post at St. Amelia School in the Town of Tonawanda.

Taylor has been at Williamsville East since 2002, when he joined as athletic director. He also served as assistant principal and summer school principal. For three years, he was a teacher and assistant principal at St. Amelia’s.

Taylor earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Alfred University and graduated from the Niagara University Educational Leadership Program.

“He’s a well-rounded administrator, with 14 years of experience and leadership skills,” said board President Shannon Locking.

Taylor signed a three-year contract that pays $134,500 a year and will be eligible for a pay increase after six months. He replaces Superintendent Joan Thomas, who will retire Dec. 23.

Board members chose Erich Ploetz, the junior-senior high school principal, to serve as interim superintendent until Taylor starts on Jan. 11.

The board’s next meeting is a work session on Jan. 12.

Board members normally conduct a work session on the second Tuesday of each month and a regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday.

But instead of conducting a work session Tuesday, the board held its regular meeting. Because of Christmas, there will be no work session in December and no meeting on the fourth Tuesday.

The normal schedule of meetings resumes in January, officials said.