Weekly Feature

2017-02-08 / Local News

Tonawanda City School District superintendent to retire

Newton Newton James Newton has announced his intention to retire as superintendent of Tonawanda City Schools, effective July 1, according to the School District.

The district’s Board of Education has asked Lynn M. Fusco, Erie 1 BOCES district superintendent, to serve as the district’s search consultant for the open superintendent position.

Fusco will assist the board in its search to ensure a credible successor.

According to a prepared statement, the board met with Fusco on Jan. 30 to plan the search process, create opportunities to involve the community, and ultimately, to fill the upcoming vacant superintendent role as smoothly as possible.

The board is interested in the community’s thoughts, vision and expectations of a new superintendent. Staff, students and the community are encouraged to complete a survey in order to provide their input about the potential candidate.

Individuals can access the survey at www.tonawandacsd.org/Page/2818. The survey will be available until Feb. 9, and a summary of the survey results will be provided to the board.

This month, a timeline of the search will be set by the Board of Education.

Coinciding with the search and to aid in the solicitation of a new superintendent, a vacancy brochure will be available online and in the District Office, located at 100 Hinds St. in Tonawanda, once a timeline is approved.

The brochure will highlight district information, salary information, requirements for the position, and a timeline for the search and selection.

A personal message from Newton regarding his retirement will be published in the district’s Winter Newsletter, which can be found on the district website in mid-February.

An excerpt from his article reads, “It is with mixed blessings that I announce my retirement, which will be effective July 1, 2017. I have had the opportunity to work in public education for 31 years and 19 of those years have been right here in the City of Tonawanda School District.

“Thank you to the Board of Education for having confidence in me to fill this extremely important role. I have always appreciated the support of the parents, community, staff and especially our students. We have the best students in the nation. They have always been very respectful to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

According to the statement, the board, along with Fusco, would like to thank the Tonawanda City School District staff and community for their input and assistance during the search process.

Information and updates pertaining to the search for a superintendent can be found online at www.tonawanda csd.org/Page/2817.

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