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City of Tonawanda schools superintendent retiring

One month after the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District superintendent retired from her post, the City of Tonawanda superintendent has also announced his plans to retire.

Unlike Ken-Ton's leader, who left abruptly, leaving the district with five days to put a new interim superintendent in the role,  Tonawanda City School District Superintendent James Newton announced that he will retire July 1, which is regarded as the end of the regular school year.

Newton has worked in public education for 31 years, with 19 of those years in the City of Tonawanda School District. He was appointed superintendent in January 2013.

Both districts will be in competition for a new person to take the top spot and both districts will be using the services of Dr. Lynn M. Fusco, Erie 1 BOCES district superintendent, in their search for a successor.

Stephen Bovino, who is serving as the Ken-Ton interim superintendent, noted in a special meeting with the board last month that there is a limited pool of qualified candidates and suggested that a principal from a large district would also be qualified. The Ken-Ton board members have said they would like to have a successor in place by May.

The City of Tonawanda District has asked members of the community to share their "thoughts, visions and expectations" of a new superintendent and encourages residents to complete a survey to provide input. The survey can be accessed online on the district website until Thursday. A summary of the survey results will be provided to the board.

A timeline of the search will be set by the City of Tonawanda Board of Education this month. A vacancy brochure for candidates will be available online and in the district office, 100 Hinds St., after the timeline is approved. The brochure will highlight district information, salary, requirements for the position and the timeline.

Newton plans to publish a personal message regarding his retirement in the district's 2017 winter newsletter, which will be published in mid-February.

An excerpt from his article reads, "Thank-you to the Board of Education for having confidence in me to fill this extremely important role. I always have appreciated the support of the parents, community, staff and especially our students. We have the best students in the nation. They have always been very respectful to me. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart."

Information and updates on the district's search for a superintendent can be found online.

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