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Superintendent out at Falk School for special education students

The superintendent of one of the Buffalo area's largest special education day schools has been replaced.

Teri Byrne-Knell, a 31-year employee of the Stanley G. Falk School, is "no longer employed" as its superintendent, said Mary Cornwell, chief development officer for Child and Family Services, which operates the school's three locations as an affiliated program.

Michael Reed, director of information services for the Falk School, also left his post as part of the shakeup, Cornwell confirmed.

Cornwell declined to comment further, citing the confidentiality of the "internal matter."

Byrne-Knell's attorney said the separation was the result of recent "disagreement" over the school's autonomy as an educational institution under the umbrella of Child and Family Services, a not-for-profit human services agency.

"The staff are 100 percent supportive of my client," said Robert L. Boreanaz. "They know and understand what she's done for the institution and for the education of these special children. She is as hard working, as dedicated and as ethical an educator as you'd ever want to have representing these kids."

Cornwell and Boreanaz would not say if Byrne-Knell resigned or was terminated.

Dawn F. Mirand, the former superintendent of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, has been named interim superintendent, effective Sept. 8. Mirand retired as head of Ken-Ton schools in January.

The Falk School serves over 600 children ages 5 to 21 who have special emotional or behavioral needs at three locations, in the Town of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and a new location at the former Roosevelt Elementary School in the Village of Kenmore.


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