The new school year will bring changes among the top-level administration in the Buffalo Public Schools.
One member of the superintendent’s cabinet retired.
One left for a superintendent’s job downstate.
Two others were promoted to fill those positions.
And another has been on leave for much of the summer and his status remains unclear.
Kevin Eberle, the district’s chief operations officer, has been noticeably absent from City Hall and recent School Board meetings, and those who have inquired have been told he is on administrative leave.
A former principal, Eberle was one of the candidates for superintendent before the School Board hired Kriner Cash. Cash ended up appointing Eberle as a cabinet member, responsible for school construction, transportation, food serve and facilities.
When The Buffalo News inquired about his status last week, the superintendent’s office would say only that it is a personnel matter.
Meanwhile, David Mauricio left his position with the district as chief of strategic alignment and innovation to take the job as school superintendent in Peekskill, a small city school district with more than 3,000 students.
Anibal Soler, the principal at North Park Middle Academy, was tapped to oversee many of Mauricio’s former duties, which included athletics, community schools, adult education and the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Soler will serve as an associate superintendent at a salary of $120,000.
Soler, 41, has been principal at North Park since 2016. He was recruited from the Rochester City School District, where he spent 16 years as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal and principal. He graduated from Daemen College, where he was on the basketball team.
Also leaving Cash’s 17-member cabinet was Margaret Boorady, who served as an associate superintendent for elementary school leadership before retiring at the end of the school year.
Promoted to her position was Darlene Jesonowski, the principal at Southside Elementary School in South Buffalo. She will oversee 12 to 15 elementary schools as an associate superintendent earning $135,000.
Jesonowski, 53, a Buffalo native, started in the district in 1991 as a special education teacher. She taught at Lorraine Academy for 12 years before moving to School 33 on Elk Street, where she served as an assistant principal and later as principal.
Jesonowski has been the principal at Southside since 2009 and most recently has served as a principal coach for beginning principals in the district.