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Ken-Ton School Board to interview 3 superintendent search firms

By Joseph Popiolkowski

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board will interview three search firms Saturday as they begin the process of finding a successor for School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro who announced on Jan. 14 he is retiring this summer.

The board is scheduled to interview Castallo & Silky from Syracuse, Warren Center for Education Reform from Rochester and School Leadership LLC from Malverbe, NY.

The special board meeting begins at 11 a.m. in the district's administration building on Colvin Boulevard. The board will be in executive session for the interviews but has added an action item to the agenda.

The board will consider a resolution calling upon the state legislature to immediately eliminate the gap-elimination adjustment, which has cut Ken-Ton's state aid by more than $33 million since 2010 to balance the state's budget, according to the resolution.

Board President Bob Dana also said the district will likely schedule four public forums for the end of February and beginning of March to discuss the four school consolidation scenarios under consideration. Two forums aimed at school employees will be held immediately following the school day and two forums for the general public will be held later in the evening. The dates, times and locations have yet to be announced.

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