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2017-04-20 / Front Page

Vantine named interim superintendent


Vantine Vantine Whitney Vantine, former superintendent of schools in the Tonawanda City district, was named interim superintendent of the West Seneca Central schools on Tuesday night.

The announcement was made at current Superintendent Mark Crawford’s final Board of Education meeting.

Vantine’s first day in the district will be Monday, May 1.

“He recently retired from Tonawanda City Schools, but he wasn’t quite ready to put it all behind him,” said Kate Newton, board president. “Dr. Vantine’s interview went very well with all of us, and he was our unanimous choice.”

Vantine retired from his position in Tonawanda after serving 37 years in public education — 22 of those in an administrative position.

He is a graduate of Brockport and Ithaca colleges and Niagara University and received his Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

While with the Tonawanda district, Vantine faced similar challenges to those of West Seneca, such as declining enrollment, loss of state aid, elimination of numerous staff positions, upgrading technology for students, large capital projects and raising academic standards.

Crawford announced in November that he would be retiring.

The board will continue the process of working to hire a permanent superintendent with input from the district and community.

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