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New Principals Appointed at Ken-Ton Schools
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Newly appointed Benjamin Franklin Middle School Principal Kevin Kruger feels right at home heading back to his roots at the middle school level.  The former music teacher has taught and worked at all three building levels: elementary, middle and high school.  Kruger spent seven years as a music teacher at the elementary level and four-and-a-half years at the middle school level.  Most recently he served the past four-and-a-half years as Assistant Principal at Kenmore West High School.  Now Kruger has been named Principal at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, a move he feels comfortable with and excited about.

“That is the level of education, the middle school, that I love.  Kenmore West is a wonderful school and it is with a heavy heart that I leave for this wonderful opportunity.  Going back to middle school is the perfect fit for me,” said Kruger, who was appointed to his new position by the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Board of Education on Tuesday August 10th, 2010.  Kruger will be joined by Benjamin Franklin Middle School Assistant Principal Frank Spagnolo.

“Kevin is an outstanding, passionate educator, who has worked hard for students and parents in his role at Kenmore West High School.  He will exhibit the same zeal, energy, and enthusiasm in his new position as Principal of Benjamin Franklin Middle School,” said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro.

At that same meeting the Board of Education appointed Gretchen Cercone as the new Assistant Principal at Hoover Middle School, where she will join Principal Carmelina Persico.  Cercone most recently worked as the Diversity and Community Engagement Coordinator for Buffalo Independent Secondary Schools Network and has extensive experience teaching in the classroom as well, previously serving ten years as a tenured social studies teacher in the City of Tonawanda.

“I am very excited to be a part of the new team at Hoover Middle School.  My passion is to help nurture students at that grade level into responsible, caring, and intellectual young adults,” said Cercone.

“Gretchen has earned a reputation in the education community as a caring and highly respected administrator who has worked closely with special education students and troubled youth.  We are fortunate to have her serve as the next Assistant Principal at Hoover Middle School,” said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Board of Education President Bob Dana.

 With Kruger vacating his position at Kenmore West High School current Kenmore East Assistant Principal Dean Johnson will return to Kenmore West High School to serve as the Assistant Principal there.  The District’s Human Resources Department has posted the open position of Assistant Principal at Kenmore East High School.  In the interim, retired administrator Bill Jack will work as the Assistant Principal at Kenmore East High School. 

Hoover Middle School Assistant Principal Cercone’s first day with the District will be September 1st, 2010.  Benjamin Franklin Middle School Principal Kevin Kruger’s first day in his new position will be August 23rd, 2010.  The first day of the new school year in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District is Tuesday September 7th, 2010.

“I will work closely with staff, to rally them around a common goal and objective of increasing student achievement, and helping students be as successful as possible.  My mission is to build the respect and trust of parents by being as accessible as possible.  When parents contact me, my goal will be to get back to them within 24 hours, hopefully much faster than that.  Increasing parental involvement in the education of our children is very important to me,” added Kruger.

“At the middle school level is when young students develop into young adulthood, and it is a critical time as an educator to help them learn and grow.  I’m thrilled with this opportunity to work with parents and provide their children with the best education possible,” added Cercone.

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