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Musician and composer Randall Bayne reached out to the Kenmore East band program and its acclaimed Symphonic Winds and director Phil Aguglia to premier his new piece, "Follow the Star," at its winter concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Kenmore East High School. The Symphonic Winds was chosen for the honor after Bayne received a recommendation and heard a clip of the group perf…

Erie County

A subcontractor working in an electrical closet at Kenmore West High School died in an accident early Wednesday morning, a school district official said. The district has not identified the worker or the company for which he worked. The incident happened prior to 7:30 a.m. as electrical work was being performed as part of the school district's capital project, said P…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District summer music program is open to all students in Western New York from July 3 to 27 at Kenmore East High School, 350 Fries Road. The deadline for registration is June 16. Registration information is available on the district website: ktufsd.org. Registration is $50 and includes a free rental instrument for the summer. You mus…

Several new administrators have been hired to the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District staff, joining the district's new superintendent, Stephen Bovino. Christopher Swiatek was named the district's new assistant superintendent for human resources. He has previously worked as a social studies teacher in the Hamburg Central School District and as a secondary principa…

Education

A Kenmore-Tonawanda schools committee has recommended that the district's middle and high school students start classes five minutes earlier next year and that elementary school pupils be dismissed 15 minutes earlier. The recommendation by the committee of district workers, parents and Board of Education members is expected to be discussed by the school board at its mee…

After years of budget increases, school closings and staff cuts, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District for the first time in many years will be able to keep tax rates flat, Assistant Superintendent for Finance John Brucato said. "We are looking at a zero tax levy limit for 2017-18," said Brucato. "That is huge for us." In fact, the tax rate may even go down, …

Local News

The head of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board said she would like to have a new superintendent chosen by May, before the school board elections. Jill Y. O'Malley, the board's president,  said she would like the board members involved in the search to be the ones who vote on the final candidate. Two seats are up for election. But O'Malley said she would not insi…

After the unexpected retirement of Superintendent Dawn F. Mirand earlier this month, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board named its former assistant superintendent, Stephen A. Bovino to step into the role on an interim basis last week. Bovino  retired in September after 9 1/2 years in the role, but came back when Mirand announced January 5 that she would retire in…