Silver Creek welcomes new high school principal

SILVER CREEK – The position left by Silver Creek High School Principal James Klubek was recently filled by the board of education.

After an extensive search, the final candidate, Michael Lauria of Amherst, was chosen by the selection committee and recently approved by the board.

Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich explained there are many traits the committee was searching for in a new high school principal.

“When our interview committee ranked the qualities most important in our next high school principal here is what they said we were looking for: responsible, takes ownership, is accountable, instructional leader, team player, good listener, approachable, compassionate, caring, personable, intelligent, knowledgeable, sense of community and understands diversity,” he explained.

Lauria also has experience as a high school principal.

“Michael Lauria is currently a high school assistant principal at Grand Island. Prior to that he taught high school science at Sweet Home High School for more than a decade. Michael was the clear consensus candidate from both sets of interviews,” Ljiljanich added. “I believe Michael will be an excellent leader in our high school.”

In addition to having certification as a school district leader, Lauria is also certified in biology, chemistry and general science.

His probationary appointment will take place from July 1 to June 30, 2017.

Lauria was welcomed by the board with a small reception.

The board also accepted the resignation of Bethanie Keem as music teacher and Elizabeth Alvarado as teacher aide. Sherry Ohl was appointed as a long-term substitute and home instruction teacher, Sidney Steeprock was appointed as volunteer lacrosse coach, Carol Woodward as a lunch monitor and Emily Cole as school secretary.

Also approved were excess equipment bids, cross contracts with Erie 1 BOCES for iPads and the CSEA contract for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018.

The board will meet again today at 7 p.m. in the board room.