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Williamsville superintendent appointment leaves many puzzled

Scott Martzloff has already made quite an impression as Williamsville's next superintendent.

At 7-foot-1, the former Division I and minor league basketball player towers over just about everyone.

Martzloff(That's Martzloff shaking hands the other night with the man he's soon going to replace, Superintendent Howard Smith. Yes, they're both standing up.)

But Martzloff's height is hardly the only thing that has people talking.

Martzloff's resume has also made quite an impression.

In the past few days, I've had everyone from Williamsville residents to administrators in other districts ask me why the Williamsville School Board selected him.


- With only three years experience in the classroom, Martzloff never received tenure as a teacher.

- He served as an assistant principal in various positions, but never worked as a building principal.

- Martzloff has never held any position longer than three years.

- He never held a central office position prior to being named superintendent of Byron-Bergen.

- He has been a superintendent less than two years in Byron-Bergen, a district one-tenth the size of Williamsville.

There are literally more students at Williamsville East High School alone than there are in the entire Byron-Bergen School District.

Apparently, Martzloff's lack of experience did not faze the Williamsville School Board, which voted unanimously to hire him.

News reporter Sandy Tan wrote:

School Board President William Freeman introduced Martzloff, calling him a "rising star" with "exceptional integrity" and "first-rate intellect."

"It's clear he is a person of collaboration," Freeman said.

At 40, Martzloff will be one of the youngest superintendents in the state, leading one of the largest suburban districts in New York. And, of course, he'll be making one of the biggest salaries around, at $200,000 -- which equates to more than a $50,000 raise over what he makes in Byron-Bergen.

- Mary Pasciak

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Denise Jewell Gee

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Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

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Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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