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Frontier School officials tap Paul Hashem as interim superintendent

Paul Hashem has been appointed interim superintendent of the Frontier Central School District, bringing with him nearly 45 years of administrative experience in various school districts across Western New York.

School officials described this move as “bridging a gap,” until they complete the search for the district’s next permanent superintendent, with current School Chief James Bodziak scheduled to retire from his post on Sept. 9.

Hashem’s appointment will be made effective “on or about” Aug. 26, with the agreement’s paying him $625, on a per-diem basis.

Frontier School Board members approved the appointment unanimously via resolution, during their July 25 special meeting.

Hashem, joined by his wife Deborah, was present at the meeting. He said that his wife has attended all of his administrative events, since 2001.

Most recently, Hashem served as interim superintendent in the Grand Island School District for five months, until early June. Hashem said that he is familiar with the Frontier District, as he served as interim principal at the middle school last summer, from July – September.

He resides on Sherburn Drive in Hamburg.

Other career administrative experience includes 40 years in the Lackawanna School District, including the last seven years as superintendent, before retiring in February 2008. He served the Springville-Griffith Institute as interim superintendent and as interim principal at the middle school and in the alternative education program on Baker Road in the Orchard Park School District, as principal.

Hashem thanked Frontier district officials for their “vote of confidence” in his abilities as an administrator. He also stressed the importance of Frontier’s moving toward implementing an eventual permanent district leader.

“The most important task is the search for a new superintendent,” Hashem said, adding that he is looking forward to this new experience in Frontier. “I have full confidence that we’ll work together to make this journey a productive and enjoyable one,” he said.

The appointment is Hashem’s seventh job in an interim capacity, as either superintendent or principal.

Bodziak announced his retirement plans, during Frontier’s July 9 meeting. He has served as district superintendent for the last 2 1/2 years.

Other items at the meeting included the board’s approving the following:

– The resignation of French teacher Annlouise Cirelli.

– The drafted terms and conditions document for Frontier’s managerial and confidential employees, for 2013-14.

Board Member Larry Albert said that he was hesitant about the latter, citing the resolution’s status as being drafted, not a final document. He added that he is concerned with the transformation/progression aspect of the item, stating previous snags that he said existed in previous, similar documents.
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