Shake up at Williamsville Central Schools

Dr. John McKenna and the Williamsville School Board
Photo credit Dr. John McKenna and the Williamsville School Board

Williamsville, N.Y. (WBEN) BREAKING NEWS: The Williamsville Central School Board, in a meeting that lasted less than 5 minutes Monday evening, voted to place Superintendent Scott Martzloff on administrative leave, effective immediately.

The action was taken against Martzloff for his handling of the district's reopening.

The vote was unanimous. The school board also unanimously voted to appoint Dr. John McKenna as Acting Superintendent. McKenna had previously served as the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

“We’re going to get their trust back” says acting @WCSD_K12 Superintendent Dr John McKenna when asked about the community losing trust in the district.

— WBEN NewsRadio 930AM (@NewsRadio930) September 7, 2020

Over the holiday weekend, Martzloff announced that remote learning for 1375 middle and high school students would be delayed due to a teacher shortage for hybrid and remote learners in the district. 

Statement from Acting Superintendent Dr. John McKenna:

“I am honored and privileged to have this opportunity to work as the acting Superintendent in the Williamsville Central School District. I realize this is a difficult time of deep hurt and pain in our community. I want to assure you we will heal and come together in the spirit of teamwork, cooperation, and collegiality. You will get honest, timely, and transparent communication and everyone will be treated with dignity and respect. Every decision will be made thoughtfully, with collaboration and input from all stakeholders. But, most importantly, every decision will be made based on the best interest of our students.I am confident we will work together, find solutions, and make our District stronger. It is a new day in Williamsville."

Statement from the Williamsville Central School Board:

"With anxiety and stress already high as the community navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, the reopening process has failed to give stakeholders the peace of mind or confidence that the plan, which has been changed numerous times over the last few weeks, is the best option for providing an exceptional and equitable education for Williamsville families.We are looking forward to Dr. McKenna’s leadership, not only as we open schools on Tuesday, but also as we begin to heal and repair the relationships between the District and our community.We also trust Dr. McKenna, District leadership, and teachers to find a solution so students and families in grades 5-12 who chose the fully remote online learning model can begin their instruction. As stewards of our school community, we understand our responsibility and duty to ensure a quality public education for families."  Williamsville School Board President Teresa Anne Leatherbarrow and Vice President Suzanne Van Sice