Bianco, who was serving as interim superintendent, follows her brother, Carmen Granto, as chief of the city's schools.
She was given a three-year contract with an annual salary of $155,000.
School Board Vice President Don King said the hiring process the board followed opens the district up to allegations of nepotism and complacency.
Read the full story by Niagara Correspondent Caitlin Murray here.
See the first comment below for a statement issued by King. Click here to read Bianco's statement to the board.
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