PORTER— Lewiston-Porter High School has a new principal.
The Lewiston-Porter School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday night to hire Bradley Rowles as the new head administrator at the high school. Rowles, who is currently a North Tonawanda High School assistant principal, will start in his new position on Feb. 3.
"I'm ready to get to work," he said. "I'm very thankful for the opportunity. I also believe when much is given, much is expected and I plan to fulfill that on a daily basis."
Rowles will replace Whitney Vantine, a previous Lewiston-Porter superintendent who has been serving as the high school's interim principal since this past summer, after his predecessor Jake Taft stepped down to pursue a different employment opportunity.
The new principal will begin his career at LPHS with a four-year probationary period, after which he'll be eligible to be considered for tenure. Rowles' annual salary will start at $117,500.
"We had a great pool of candidates and (Rowles) really rose to the top," said School Board President Jodee Riordan. "We really feel that he's going to be a perfect for the high school, really connect with both our faculty and our students and we're excited to have him on board."
Rowles earned his bachelor's degree in education from Buffalo State College, and then went on to Canisius College, where he earned two master's degrees, one in special education and the other in educational leadership.
In addition to serving as an assistant principal at North Tonawanda High School, a position he's held for the last three and a half years, Rowles has also served as a building administrator at Hutchinson Central Technical High School in Buffalo, and worked as an administrator with Gateway Longview, a non-profit educational program, which has facilities in Buffalo and Williamsville.
"We were really impressed with his background," said Superintendent Paul Casseri.
Rowles, who lives in Cambria with his wife and three children, said his family often spends time in Lewiston, but he's looking forward to further immersing himself in the community. He said one of his first goals as the new LPHS principal is to get to know "the Lew-Port family" a little better.
He said he places a strong emphasis on culture and enjoys working on program development, but he also said a priority is helping the district continue meeting its high performance standards.
Rowles said he was happy to have a chance to work with the district and was looking forward to getting started. When it comes to local education, there are a few institutions that are especially attractive for educators and administrators, he said, and Lewiston-Porter is on that list.
"There's a handful of school districts that all of us strive to work for," he said. "And Lew-Port is one of them, so I'm extremely excited."