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July 1, 2013

Tibbetts leaves Newfane

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — For Project Ascend, Newfane received $1.5 million in state grants to help expand AVID into grades one through 11. College-level Advanced Placement courses have been added to the high school, focusing on the STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and math.

At a board meeting last month, President James Reineke thanked Tibbetts for her three years of leading the district.

”The dedication and commitment you’ve shown to our students, staff and entire organization has been excellent,” Reineke said. “We haven’t always agreed but I truly believe you’ve had the best interest of students and education in Newfane at heart.” 

Tibbetts said she felt she was leaving Newfane in a wonderful direction, but not one without challenges. The financial situation hasn’t improved and the district just went to an impasse with its teachers over the union contract. Schools throughout the state are dealing with new rigorous standards and tests.

But the district will handle those, Tibbetts said, mainly because of what drew her back to Newfane in the first place. The people.

”The kids, number one, are amazing, we have wonderful, wonderful kids going to school here,” Tibbetts said. “The staff is an incredibly talented group whose hearts truly are in it for the kids. We have wonderful teachers and support staff, I’m going to miss the people, thats what makes this place special.”

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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