The Eden Central School board has appointed Sandra Anzalone as its new Superintendent of Schools.
During a special board meeting on Friday, Feb. 15, the board voted unanimously to offer the position to Anzalone.
Anzalone will be leaving her position as principal of Grand Island High School to take over as Eden Central School superintendent on March 18.
The board began the search for a new superintendent in late 2012, which involved a number of stakeholder groups such as teachers, students, parents and community leaders in the interview process. Stakeholder groups provided valuable input to the board to aid in making a final decision.
“We are very pleased that Mrs. Anzalone will be joining our district,” said Steven Cerne, board of education president. “We have set some aggressive goals and we need a strong leader to help us reach them. We are confident in her ability to take our schools to the next level of performance.”
Anzalone holds a certificate of advanced study in Educational Leadership/Facilitation and a master’s degree in learning and behavioral disorders from the State University College at Buffalo, as well as a bachelor of science degree in geological sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has continued her education through SUNY Oswego with coursework in the New York State Superintendent Development Program and Fiscal Navigation.
According to officials, Anzalone brings more than 28 years of experience in the field of education. She has served as a middle school teaching assistant, summer preschool teacher, high school special education teacher, study skills consultant, elementary and high school assistant principal and currently as high school principal.
As principal, Anzalone’s achievements include, partnering with local organizations to address the needs of at-risk students and increase student community service initiatives, organizing a school/town consortium to address underage drinking and drug use, increasing staff communication with parents and expanding student instructional options with local colleges.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Eden school community,” Anzalone said. “Throughout the interview process, I had an opportunity to experience the great commitment that this community and the school board have for its’ children and their education.
“Yes, we have set some aggressive goals and I know that by working together we will empower our students to soar past each and every one of them,” Anzalone said.
Anzalone received the 2009 Woman Administrator of the Year Award from Western New York Women in Educational Leadership and the Parent-Teacher Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. She resides in Lawtons with her husband.
Richard Schaefer, acting superintendent at Eden, will return to his post as principal of Eden Elementary when Anzalone arrives in March.
“Mr. Schaeffer has maintained stability and provided effective leadership to our schools during this time of transition,” said Kristen Pinker, board vice president.