Canisius HS president resigns following report

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The President of Canisius High School announced his resignation following a tumultuous year and an independent report.

Rev. Joseph Costantino, S.J. announced his resignation as president Tuesday just before 6 p.m. He wrote to members of the high school and its alumni saying the move was what is in the best interest of the high school.

This is following a Friday announcement of school reforms. They’re the windfall of an athletic scandal which led to the firing of former Canisius High School Dean Beck O’Connor. The firing is largely linked back to the discipline of a student athlete in March of 2014.

Following a report which highlighted issues, the school’s board of trustees voted unanimously to institute a series of reforms. They restrict school administrators and leadership from serving as coaches. Administration will establish clear guidelines and procedures. They also dictate five to seven committee members to determine admissions for all nontraditional applications to the school, and that financial aid decisions will be decided separately from admissions.

The reforms may have differed from Costantino’s vision for the school.

“As we all know, some of the changes I felt needed to be instituted at the school were embraced as long overdue; other decisions, or at least the execution of some of those decisions, were seen as confusing or unsettling,” Costantino wrote in his resignation letter. “Unfortunately, some of my efforts — always motivated by what I thought was best for all — were unpopular.”

Costantino’s tenure at the school will end in May. He called the time a time for new leadership for Canisius High School.

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