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Mark Ciemcioch NORTHTOWNS CORRESPONDENT


Although the Tonawanda City School District doesn’t have a final estimate on revenues for the 2013-14 school year, the Board of Education may soon have to make tough decisions if its Tuesday night meeting with a budget advisory team is any indication.The advisory team, comprised of community members and district union representatives, has listened to the district’s budget …

Members of the Civil Service Employees Independent Association of the Tonawanda city schools came to the regular Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to try to settle problems that have been brewing in public for the last few months. The union – representing engineers, custodial and clerical employees – has expressed concern about the lack of staffing in the district b…

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Officials in the Tonawanda City Schools spent time Tuesday night denying rumors that the district's $11.9 capital project was in danger of not being completed, as construction representatives gave an update about the project during a Board of Education meeting. During his regular report, Superintendent Whitney Vantine cited the rumors that apparently were circulating in th…

The Tonawanda City School Board this week laid out its plan to recruit a new superintendent during its regular meeting Tuesday night at Mullen Elementary School. Officials are hoping to quickly find a candidate to succeed current Superintendent Whitney Vantine, who is retiring from the district Oct. 17. The board hired Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Donald Ogilvie as a consul…

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After a 34-year career in education, Tonawanda City Schools Superintendent Whitney Vantine is moving on to pursue other opportunities."There's no one reason necessarily; it was just time to pass off the torch," said Vantine Thursday, two days after he submitted his retirement papers to the School Board. "You come to a point where you think it's time."Vantine, 57, said he h…

Tonawanda City Schools Superintendent Whitney Vantine submitted his retirement papers to the Board of Education following its meeting Tuesday night, with his last day coming Oct. 17. Vantine is expected to tell district staff and faculty about his retirement this morning. Tonawanda School Board President Jackie Smilinich said the board was surprised by the move. “I wished …