Weekly Feature



2018-07-11 / Education

Board appoints new principal at Will North

Williamsville schools
by ANNA DEROSA Associate Editor


Andre Thomas stands in front of the Williamsville North High School sign. Thomas was recently appointed principal of the high school and will replace Gary Collichio, who is retiring. 
Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Andre Thomas stands in front of the Williamsville North High School sign. Thomas was recently appointed principal of the high school and will replace Gary Collichio, who is retiring. Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Andre Thomas — a familiar face in the halls of Williamsville North High School — will take the reins of principal starting Aug. 1.

Thomas, who is currently an assistant principal at the high school, was appointed to the position at the July 2 Williamsville School Board meeting. He replaces Gary Collichio, who is retiring.

“I’m looking forward to this opportunity to serve North High School in this new capacity. North has always been home and family to me,” Thomas said at the meeting. “It’s where I started my career in 2002 as a teacher, and it’s now where I’ll continue my career as the building leader.”

Thomas added that he’s humbled by the experience and thanked the board and Superintendent Scott Martzloff. He also recognized his wife and children for their support.

After teaching social studies for eight years at North, Thomas left in 2010 to become an assistant principal at Burgard Vocational High School in Buffalo.

He worked at Burgard for three years before returning to Williamsville as an assistant principal at Heim Middle School in 2013.

Thomas has spent the past three years as an assistant principal at North, and has served as principal of the Williamsville Summer School High School Program since 2016.

“Mr. Thomas is an experienced and respected educator,” Martzloff said. “He is a student-centered leader who takes a collaborative approach to promote a positive school culture and climate while upholding high expectations for academic excellence.”

Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in secondary social studies education from the University at Buffalo and school building administrator certification from Canisius College. He also holds a permanent certificate from New York State as a school building leader and as a social studies teacher.

In addition to appointing a new high school principal, the board named new assistant principals at three district schools, each to a four-year contract.

Chris McDuffie was appointed full-time to assistant principal at Williamsville South High School, effective July 9. He previously served as an acting assistant principal at both South and Casey Middle School. McDuffie holds a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College and a master’s degree from Canisius College.

Lindsey Kubera was named assistant principal at Maple West Elementary. Kubera has worked for the New York City Department of Education as a special education liaison/coordinator and as a special education teacher at the elementary level for nearly 20 years.

The new assistant principal at Dodge Elementary is Heidie Buffomante. She comes to Williamsville from the Kenmore Town of Tonawanda School District where she was the assistant principal at Hoover Middle School. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Buffalo State College.

Buffomante and Kubera will join the district administrative team on Aug. 28.

The next School Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the District Office, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst.

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