Office of the Superintendent

  • Superintendent Anthony PanellaWelcome to the Superintendent's Office 

    Anthony J. Panella
    Superintendent
    Email: apanella@amherstschools.org
    Phone: 716-362-3051
     
    Debbie Custodi
    Secretary to the Superintendent and District Clerk
    Email: dcustodi@amherstschools.org
    Phone: 716-362-3051
    Fax: 716-362-3022 


    May 2020

    Every school district in the state has been navigating through uncharted territory this spring. Our lives have been redirected homeward, yet throughout it all, I am so proud of so many people within our district. We are all probably tiring of the term unprecedented, but if we consider that word in the context of planning there’s no better word to convey the level of creative, thorough and expert planning that the Amherst Central School District administrators, faculty and staff have executed. What our ACSD employees have implemented is unprecedented. In typical Amherst CSD fashion, they have exceeded expectations.

    In our district, we anticipated in late February what was coming and we were ready to roll out remote online learning for our middle and high school students within days of announced closures. Elementary students transitioned from packet learning to online in mid-April. Our faculty received professional development for various online learning platforms, all created and delivered remotely by our instructional technology staff that includes staff from technology and library media specialists. Hundreds of devices were made available to families who needed them.

    We know that in addition to instruction, the events that students look forward to are an important aspect of “going to school”. Currently our staff is hard at work planning for remote versions of traditional end of the year celebrations. We believe it is important to honor the hard work of our students and celebrate their success.

    Looking ahead into June, more opportunities to shine have been presented. As you may already know, our traditional in-person budget vote and election has been rescheduled to June 9 with voting through absentee ballots. Amherst CSD residents should expect to receive that and other budget information via mail.

    One thing that has not changed is our budget development process and the information we make available on our website to our community. We continue to view budget development through the lens we have used for many years; one of planning and forecasting now and into the future.

    As you may be aware, there are many unknowns regarding the amount of funding the state will provide to school districts in light of the financial implications of the pandemic. Now, more than ever, school districts need the support of its community so they are able to continue providing quality education to students.

    Please stay informed. All budget presentations made at our board of education meetings are posted on the district’s budget webpage. Additionally, you will find information about board of education candidates and absentee balloting.

    Finally, to borrow a term from our men’s varsity basketball team, I consider our district to be an Amherst Family. I think this phrase describes the partnerships with our families at home, the connections our staff continues to make with our students through remote instruction and the dedication of our staff.  We are truly an Amherst Family.