Superintendent of Schools
Secretary: Ms. Laurie Coccionitti
June 17, 2020 edition of the Amherst Bee
Unique School Year Ends Strong for School Community
I hope all of you have stayed safe and healthy as our community continues to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. While this has not been an easy time, I am extremely proud of the work our administrators, principals, and teachers have done to deliver instruction to students. It has been amazing to see the creative ways our school communities have stayed connected through distance learning, and I encourage you to check out the unique projects and assignments teachers and students have worked on, on our social media channels.
Of those connections, we’ve seen incredible music collaborations through Zoom and Google Classroom. With construction beginning on our ‘Spotlight on Music’ capital project, which was approved by voters in 2018, we look forward to hearing the great compositions our musicians will be able to share when construction of our new facilities is complete.
The last day of the 2019-2020 academic year for students was on Friday. It was fun to see the celebrations each of our schools had, especially with our moving-up ceremonies and reverse car parades. We are also extremely excited to be celebrating the Class of 2020 with in-person graduation ceremonies on June 27. Knowing the importance of this educational milestone, we can’t wait to see seniors walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.
While this has not been the ending to the school year we had hoped for, we are looking forward to a new beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year. The District is diligently working on instructional plans for the fall. Whether we return to regular classroom instruction or continue with distance learning, we are preparing, planning, and providing the tools necessary across the District to ensure students receive the high-quality education they deserve. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community are also a top priority, and health and safety plans are being implemented in each of our buildings.
We were hoping to be able to share the results of the annual District Vote in today’s column, but with the deadline extended until June 16, we are still awaiting the results. We will provide results to you on our District website, and share them on our social media channels, later this week. So far, the District has received nearly 12,000 absentee ballots. It has been nothing short of amazing to see the incredible work and collaboration by our District Clerk, Mrs. Carey, Director of Communications, Mr. Filipowski, and Executive Assistant, Ms. Coccionitti to keep our community informed, updated, and prepared for this year’s vote.
Bio-Brief: Dr. Scott G. Martzloff began his tenure as Superintendent of Schools for the Williamsville Central School District on August 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment in Williamsville, the Rochester (NY) native was the superintendent of the Byron-Bergen Central School District, a rural district in Genesee County, for two years. Dr. Martzloff also worked eight years for the Rochester City School District, a large urban district with over 32,000 students, where he was an administrator for operations and served as a high school assistant principal. He began his career as a special education teacher in the Rush-Henrietta CSD located in suburban Rochester where he also served as an assistant principal.
Dr. Martzloff received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and earned his master’s degree in educational administration from the State University of New York at Brockport. He received a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester and holds permanent certification as a school district administrator in New York State.