Niagara Gazette

July 5, 2013

Several administrators changing roles in Falls school district

By Timothy Chipp
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Administrator changes are coming to the Niagara Falls city schools in September. Some by choice, some are involuntary.

The most noticeable change comes as a result of an unexpected retirement. After almost 20 years with Niagara Falls, Manning Fogan has decided to step away.

The former principal of Kalfas Magnet School will formally leave July 19, according to the district’s certificated personnel report, approved at the district’s school board meeting Tuesday.

Replacing him will be Mary Kerins, who’s transferring from her post as building principal at G.J. Mann Elementary. Diane Coty is also moving from her former home at Abate Elementary to 79th Street School to replace embattled principal Patrick Kuciewski, who is still on paid leave during an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct.

Other changes include LaSalle Prepartory principal Richard Carella moving to the central office to replace retired Administrator for Curriculum and Instruction Carol Gold and Niagara Street principal Paulette Pierce switching to lead Maple Avenue Elementary.

The district also approved several promotions of administrators, including Cynthia Jones, who was promoted from assistant principal at Abate Elementary to the building’s next principal. Jeffrey Showers, an assistant principal at Cataract Elementary last school year, will take over Niagara Street School with Pierce switching schools.

High School changes are also prominent, as Chief Executive Administrator James Spanbauer was transfered to LaSalle Prep Tuesday. Joseph Colburn, who served as a principal under Spanbauer, will assume CEA duties. Filling the administrator void will be business teacher Derek Zimmerman, who will become an assistant principal at the high school.

The district’s personnel report also reflects some changes to the way summer school staffing is handled. Superintendent Cynthia Bianco said in years past, teachers and administrators would handle a lot of curriculum development and various other items throughout the course of the school year.

Doing so resulted in a number of half-days or substitute hirings, which Bianco said the district wanted to cut down on this year. So, staff is being paid for some additional summer work.

“At this time of year, there’s a lot of transitioning of the staff,” Bianco said. “This year’s a little bit different, though. We determined we would try to get all of our curriculum development and testing data work done in the summer instead of during half days so not to displace the teachers during the school year.”




Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.