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Scanzuso appointed principal of Williamsville East High School

An assistant principal at Williamsville East High School has been elevated to principal.

The appointment of Anthony Scanzuso to the top post was unanimously approved Tuesday night during a special meeting of the Williamsville School Board. Scanzuso told the board that he was “humbled and appreciative.”

“Being selected as the principal of East High School is an honor,” he said. “I look forward to continuing to provide challenging and unique opportunities for our students.”

Scanzuso, who assumes the post this week, succeeds Scott J. Taylor, who became superintendent of the North Collins Central School District in early January. Tricia DeSantis, an assistant principal at Williamsville East, has been serving as interim principal.

Before arriving at Williamsville East in 2009, Scanzuso was an assistant principal at Frontier High School in Hamburg for five years. He also was a business teacher in the Lancaster Central School District from 1995 until 2004. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Canisius College, and a second master’s from SUNY Buffalo State.

Superintendent Scott G. Martzloff called the appointment “well deserved.”

“You’re someone that really understands and appreciates the unique culture of East High School,” he told Scanzuso. “You’re going to be a terrific fit and be a fantastic leader for that school.”

Scanzuso said that “unique culture” includes the fact that the school, which has more than 1,000 students, is an open building, with no classrooms or interior walls.

“That’s what’s unique about East,” he told The Buffalo News after the meeting. “It’s a special place with a lot of very talented kids and high expectations for their education.”

Scanzuso, 47, of Lancaster, was joined by his wife, Andrea, sons Anthony and Andrew and some other special guests who applauded his appointment as principal of East, one of three high schools in the district.

“I appreciate the large contingent of East students who are here this evening,” he said. “It makes me feel really happy, and I can’t wait to lead.”