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Niagara-Wheatfield schools receive funds from state budget surplus

SANBORN – Christmas in July came to the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District at its first meeting of the new school year Wednesday as the School Board was presented some additional educational funds from the State Assembly.

Assemblyman John Ceretto, D-Lewiston, gave School Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich a ceremonial check for $100,000 in discretionary aid funds. Ceretto said he was able to secure the grant from the state budget surplus after relaying the many requests for financial help his office received from residents in the district.

He said his grandparents, who were Italian immigrants, instilled in him the importance of education as the means for achieving success in life. After he received a B.A. and Masters degrees in education, he reminded the board that he worked as a substitute teacher for Niagara-Wheatfield.

The grant is in addition to $125,000 in foundation aid the district was awarded earlier this year, he noted. The actual grant is expected to arrive in August.

Ljiljanich said because the budget has already been passed, he anticipated that the grant would be put in the general fund and used for a one-time expenditure.

In another action, the board welcomed Michael Mann from the North Tonawanda School District as the new principal at Edward Town Middle School. Mann, who has been in education for 25 years, was hired at a salary of $101,500.