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April 18, 2013

Niagara-Wheatfield names Lynn Fusco superintendent


Niagara Gazette — Fusco, though, is stepping into a lions den of activity. After its destructive 2011-12 school year, which led to the retirement of former Superintendent Carl Militello amid a financial disaster in February 2012 and more than 40 teacher layoffs, the district is considering another round of massive educator losses and reductions of non-mandated programs.

While Sabo and the board all expressed gratitude to Fusco after authorizing the signing of her employment contract Wednesday, Fusco said she was drawn to the district by a reputation it has in employing quality teachers and staff with the success of students at the top of their goals.

She said Alden has been faced with a similar situation, on a lesser scale, as state funding questions and spending concerns have dominated headlines across New York. It’s even hurt her personally, she said.

“My kids grew up in the music and art programs at Alden,” she said. “One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do is go through and make the recommendations to cut the programs my kids grew up loving.”

“But I’ve been around a while,” she said Wednesday. “I was around when we all went through the first standards movement, with the fourth and eighth grade tests. We need to remember to be patient with ourselves.”

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

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