Thomas Stack, principal of Newfane High School, was hired by the Maryvale School District on Monday night to take the same position at Maryvale High. The Board of Education approved the appointment unanimously.
After his start date of July 14, Stack is set to make $103,950 this school year and will earn $108,000 annually during the rest of his three-year probationary period.
Peter Frank, an assistant principal, has been serving as the central administrator at the high school on an interim basis. He will continue to serve as assistant principal once Stack takes over, but some faculty members are reportedly angry over the choice of an outside candidate. More than a dozen district teachers attended Monday’s meeting, but none of them spoke during open session.
Following the meeting, Maryvale Teachers Association representative Kurt Hansen said the teachers, who all wore matching union polo shirts, attended because there were several items on the agenda they were interested in. He also said the teachers wanted to pay respects to several retiring district employees who were honored at the meeting. He did not specifically address Stack’s appointment.
“It was a good evening to show our unity,” Hansen said.
Stack said he heard about the issue earlier in the day. He called Frank a “class act” and looks forward to working with teachers and students in his new building.
“It’s great to see that passion,” Stack said of the issue. “The district has been absolutely accepting (of me).”
Superintendent Deborah Ziolkowski declined to comment on personnel matters.
Also at Monday’s meeting:
• The board approved the tenure appointment of James Maloney as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction by a vote of 4-1. The only opposing vote came from Julianne Renczkowski, who felt the district shouldn’t maintain administrative positions as other staffing is reduced.
“We have too many assistant superintendents,” she said. “I cannot in good conscience support this.”