There will be some new faces, and familiar names working in new places, this year in the West Seneca School District.
Several probationary appointments were unanimously approved by the School Board at last Monday’s meeting. They include:
• Anne Botticelli, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, who had been serving in a similar capacity for Buffalo Public Schools. Her annual salary will be $122,000.
• Andrew T. Klaich, assistant principal at West Middle School. He started with the district as a physical education teacher at Potters Road Elementary School in 2007 and has coached numerous sports teams. His annual salary will be $83,566.
• Kimberly M. McCartan, assistant principal at West and Clinton Street elementary schools. She’s been with the district since 1997, starting out as a universal pre-kindergarten teacher at the educational center. Her annual salary will be $83,566.
Also this week:
• “Spirit Within,” an exhibit featuring the work of local artist Judie Pufpaff, opens Thursday in the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road. A resident of Amherst, Pufpaff has mastered traditional oil painting on canvas and has developed her own multi-media style reflecting the theme of the exhibit. A public reception to celebrate the opening, which runs through Sept. 29, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Regular center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.
• A ceremony celebrating the inclusion of the West Seneca Historical Society’s Museum on the National Register of Historic Places is scheduled for 2 p.m. next Sunday. The museum, at 919 Mill Road, is regarded as the best example of a house built, circa 1850, by the “Community of True Inspiration” – also known as the Ebenezers, a Christian group that established an agricultural settlement in the town in 1842. The house was added to the National Register this past June.