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Grand Island High School Principal Sandra Keith Anzalone is headed to Eden to become the new school superintendent there.

She will take office March 18.

Anzalone said she grew up in Springville and her family bought a farm on Marshfield Road near Route 75 in Lawtons in 1979, and she and her husband own a house near there.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be back, where I call home, back in the Southern Tier,” Anzalone said.

Anzalone will be paid $135,000 a year, and will receive bonuses if the district is named in the top 10 and top five in the community for student performance. She also will be required to live in Eden within a year.

In addition to appointing Anzalone, the school board Friday also named Loraine Ingrasci as interim finance director. She will be paid $600 a day, without benefits, and will begin the transition by working up to three days a week with outgoing finance director Lisa Almasi, who is stepping down at the end of the month.

The search for a new superintendent started last year, after the board voted not to extend the contract of Superintendent Ronald K. Buggs beyond June 30. Buggs submitted his resignation last month. He was named the new president and principal at Niagara Catholic High School. Buggs had served as principal and president at the school in the 1990s, before becoming a principal and later superintendent at Eden.

Anzalone has been principal at Grand Island High School for the last seven years and before that was an assistant principal in Williamsville.

She earned a bachelor of science degree from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in learning and behavioral disorders from Buffalo State College. She has served as a middle school teaching assistant, summer preschool teacher, high school special education teacher and study skills consultant.

She was named 2009 Woman Administrator of the Year by Western New York Women in Educational Leadership, and received the Parent-Teacher Association Lifetime Achievement award in 2010.

She was one of three finalists for the job. Board President Steven Cerne said Anzalone was the favorite of all the stakeholder groups that interviewed her. He said she is the “best fit for the culture of the community.”

Anzalone is undeterred by coming into the district in the middle of preparations for the 2013-14 budget, with an interim finance director who is new to the district. She said it takes an entire community to make a successful district.

“It’s a wonderful community. We will move forward. We’ll have a budget, and it will be a good budget,” she said. “We will just move forward for the kids. I have no concerns.”

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