New superintendent appointed in Ken-Ton School District

KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Ken-Ton Board of Education has selected a new superintendent to replace Mark Mondanaro, who is retiring in July to spend more time with his family.

Dawn Mirand was chosen to head the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District for the next five years at a salary of $170,000. The board unanimously voted to appoint her to the position Monday night. She will take over as superintendent on August 1.

“The day I toured, I was very happily surprised to see how dedicated and passionate all of the staff was from my visit ,from the transportation mechanics, all the way up through the teachers, the administrators, the clerical. It’s really a true family here and I’m so excited to be able to join it,” Mirand said.

Mirand was chosen after a four- to five-month search, with help from a consulting firm. She joins the district at a time when three schools – Kenmore Middle, Roosevelt and Hamilton elementary – are closing in an effort to make the district sustainable by 2020.

Ken-Ton School Board President Bob Dana said, “Children today need a strong foundation to be successful and I think she brings that. I think she can lead us into the next millennium and help us become successful.”

For the past three years, Mirand has served as superintendent for the Mount Morris Central School District. From 2006-2011, she worked as an elementary principal at Lake Shore Central School District. Before taking on administrative roles, Mirand was a teacher in the Clarence Center School District and Diocese of Buffalo for more than 20 years.

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