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Amherst CSD Superintendent Receives WNYESC Award of Excellence

awardAmherst Central School District Superintendent Anthony J. Panella is the recipient of the 2022 Western New York Education Service Council (WNYESC) Award for Excellence in the Superintendent category. Nominated by the Amherst Board of Education, he was chosen by a WNYESC selection committee which reviewed nominations from school districts throughout the greater Western New York region.

The award recognizes leadership, dedication and exemplary service by a superintendent to a school district.

In his role as superintendent over the past six years, Mr. Panella has demonstrated proactive, thoughtful leadership to guide the district through some historic times.

Panella was praised for basing instructional decisions on what is best for the students in the district. He has built his career in the field of education, starting as a social studies teacher at Amherst Central School District. He served as the middle school assistant principal at Starpoint Central School District, middle school principal and director of curriculum at Akron Central School District, and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Amherst Central School District. He was named Amherst superintendent in 2016.

WNYESC is a service organization that provides support for the educational community in Western New York, such as professional development, mentoring opportunities, and research. Each year, WNYESC honors exceptional teachers, support staff, administrators and Board of Education members at its annual Awards for Excellence Banquet which was on April 26. Mr. Panella is pictured with Dr. Laura Pless, WNYESC executive director and Tony Day,  WNYESC deputy executive director.

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