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2018-07-12 / Front Page

New director, new board members join LCSD

by EMILY LOSITO Reporter

The Lancaster Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the appointment of Andrew Krazmien to succeed Andrew Kufel as director of secondary education.

Kufel became the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and pupil services on July 1.

Krazmien’s four-year probation period begins Aug. 13 and continues through Aug. 12, 2022. According to district documentation, he will earn an annual salary of $118,125.

Krazmien graduated from Canisius College with a bachelor’s degree. He received his master’s degree in education from the University at Buffalo, where he also obtained his administrative certification.

He taught social studies in the Maryvale school district from 2002 to 2012, and he then became assistant principal at Lewiston-Porter Middle School for three years. From there, he became the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Lewiston-Porter schools.

In another matter, Lancaster High School’s graduation rate has reportedly topped off at 99 percent. The senior class consisted of 509 students, according to information from the district.

Krazmien said that although the teaching and learning aspects in the district are great, there are always changes that can be made.

“We can always continue to make changes to make that 99 percent 100 percent next year,” he said. “At the end of the day, we want to make sure every kid has the opportunity to walk out with a Regents or Advanced Regents diploma.”

Also, two new board members were sworn in at the meeting. Jill Fecher and Shannon Cohen took their seats for the first time.

Fecher said she attended LHS and graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. She is a vice president of client services at FARM marketing agency in Lancaster.

She added that although she hasn’t been a part of educational boards, she has served as vice chairperson of Western New York’s American Cancer Society and a few other industry boards.

“I grew up in Lancaster, and I went to school here K through 12,” Fecher said. “I’ve always had a close relationship with this district, and I felt this was the best way to get involved.”

Cohen graduated from Fredonia State College with a bachelor’s degree in history. She is an account supervisor at Pathfinder Insights, a market research and business intelligence company in Orchard Park, according to a biography submitted to the district.

The two will hold their board positions until June 30, 2021.

The next Lancaster Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Central Avenue Elementary School, 149 Central Ave., Lancaster.

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