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Ken-Ton school district's rich legacy

The 2017-18 school year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Kenmore Union School, the first school of what eventually became the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, the area's second largest suburban school district with over 7,000 students.

School board member Thomas Reigstad sparked the idea, which has been posted on the school website, and shared by over 5,000 people .

"Before this, I don't think many people knew that the Ken-Ton School District has such an interesting history going back so far," school spokesman Patrick Fanelli wrote.

Fanelli, who compiled the history added, "We also may be the only school district around that has chronicled its history in such detail."

He said the history also shows the dramatic rise in enrollment in the 1950s and 1960s, which then dropped steadily, resulting in school closures.


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