Retired Orchard Park teacher Anthony “Tony” Agnello, has been awarded the 2013 Cliff Harkins Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award on behalf of the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association for distinguished service to nonprofit organizations and outstanding service as a community citizen.
Agnello, who now serves on the Orchard Park Central School Board, estimates he has instructed, coached, and advised more than 7,000 students over the course of his high school teaching career. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan and coordinator for a Ukrainian English as a Second Language/American culture immersion program, and facilitated for donations of supplies, computers and funding for six brick-and-mortar construction projects for Afghani girls’ schools, impacting another 18,000 students over the years.
He was youth center director for the American School in Kabul, Afghanistan during 1975 and science supervisor for Samangan Province from 1972 to 1974 in conjunction with the Peace Corps/Teacher Corps. He is president of the Friends of Afghanistan, the national organization of returned Peace Corps volunteers who worked in the country in the 1960s and 1970s.
Also, Town Board members learned that the cost of replacing the Forest Drive bridge will be less than expected. The town adjusted the profile of the bridge to qualify for the extra aid, Town Engineer Wayne Bieler said. The total cost of the bridge is expected to be $1.1 million, and the town was planning to pay about half that amount.
But with the additional aid, the town’s share will range from a minimum of $114,000 to a maximum of $275,000, Bieler said.
Also this week:
• The School Board will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the administrative building, 2240 Southwestern Blvd. West Seneca. The board plans to discuss tools for its self evaluation and get an update on extra-curricular activities.
• The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the supervisor’s conference room in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.