Weekly Feature

2017-04-19 / Education

Ken-Ton School District welcomes new staff

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District has appointed three new administrators, including an assistant superintendent for human resources, a director of secondary education and a supervisor of transportation.

Christopher Swiatek, the new assistant superintendent for human resources, will oversee hiring, personnel, negotiations, payroll and benefits, as well as continuing and community education.

His background includes experience in public education and human resources, having served as a teacher, school leader and human resources administrator at the district level.

Swiatek began his career in education at the Hamburg Central School District as a social studies teacher before serving as an assistant principal in the Grand Island Central School District and then as a secondary principal in the Warsaw Central School District.

He was subsequently promoted to the position of director of personnel, technology and instruction for Warsaw Central Schools.

Before embarking on his career in education, Swiatek served in the U.S. Air Force and worked in family restoration.

Teresa Gerchman will oversee secondary education in the district, including the high schools and middle schools, which serve more than 4,000 students.

She comes to the district with teaching, building-level and administrative experience.

Gerchman holds permanent secondary-level professional certifications in chemistry, mathematics, Earth science, physics and general science. She taught in New York State for more than 16 years, most recently as science teacher and head of the science department at Spencerport High School.

Additionally, she has building-level and administrative experience, having served as academy director and school leader at a K-8 charter school in the Rochester area and then as vice president for educational services at EdisonLearning, where she led turnaround efforts at numerous schools throughout the nation.

Most recently, she was chief schools officer for Innovative Schools in Wilmington, Delaware, overseeing operations and academics at four charter schools.

James Nestico is the new supervisor of transportation. Nestico, who has 28 years of experience in the transportation industry, will oversee transportation operations for the district.

This includes transporting thousands of students daily to and from the district’s nine elementary, middle and high schools as well as transporting students to more than 100 different schools within Western New York, including nonpublic/charter schools, special education classroom sites, and BOCES career and technical education centers.

For the past eight years, Nestico has worked in pupil transportation at First Student, a national provider of transportation services for school districts throughout the country.

At First Student, Nestico was a senior location manager responsible for overseeing an operation in the Buffalo City School District consisting of 200 buses and the safe transport of approximately 15,000 students. Nestico specialized in all aspects of coordinating large-scale bus movements as well as special projects.

Swiatek and Gerchman began their jobs in early April, and Nestico will start in early May.

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