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: 716-836-2537 


    November 2022

    The Amherst Board of Education is proposing a $68.7 million capital improvement project that will accomplish multiple objectives to meet our educational mission of preparing all students to excel in a dynamic world. If approved by the community on Dec. 13, the project components will benefit students at each of our four buildings - Amherst Central High School, Amherst Middle School, Smallwood Drive Elementary School and Windermere Boulevard Elementary School.

    Safety and security enhancements at each school will include secure entrances, intrusion locksets, outside LED lighting and security cameras, intrusion resistant film on select doors and windows. At Amherst Middle, Smallwood Drive and Windermere Boulevard, silent alarms will be installed and the parent pickup and drop-off areas will be renovated to improve traffic flow in the morning and afternoon.

    The construction of an Early Childhood Center at Windermere Boulevard with four new classrooms, a secure entrance and a multi-purpose room/indoor playground will create a student-centered space dedicated to the full-day prekindergarten program. Incorporated into the classroom design are features that will support the UPK curriculum such as flexible individual and group seating areas and play space.

    The grass athletic fields at Dennis Ford Field between Kings Highway and Westmoreland Road will be replaced with a multi-sport turf field that will create a baseball, a softball and two multi-use turf fields for outdoor physical education classes and 23 of our fall and spring boys and girls modified, JV and varsity soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, field hockey and girls flag football teams.

    To align with physical education curriculum goals and allow community use, the tennis courts at Smallwood and Windermere will be renovated into multi-use courts including pickleball.

    Our school auditoriums are used for many events. At Amherst Middle, Smallwood and Windermere, auditorium renovations will update lighting, sound system, heating/ventilation and stage rigging. A full renovation of the high school auditorium will include the stage, seating, floors, walls, dressing rooms, backstage and lower level auditorium spaces.

    The high school South Gymnasium and vestibule interior will be renovated. At Amherst Middle School, the Career and Life Skills classrooms will be upgraded.

    The project includes upgrades that have been identified on the Five-Year Building Condition Survey for all school buildings. Just as you must maintain your home, these large projects are the “bones” of our buildings and are necessary to maintain the infrastructure of our facilities such as mechanical systems, HVAC, plumbing and boilers.

    Funding for this project will come from state building aid, district reserves and local contributions. Financial information, construction timelines, project rendering photos and more details can be found at the Capital Project webpage.

    We invite the community to attend the public hearing on the proposed Capital Improvement Project 2022 on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Board of Education conference room, 55 Kings Highway.

    The Capital Improvement Project vote will take place on Dec. 13 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Amherst Central High School South Gymnasium, 4301 Main Street.