Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District

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Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District
Niagara Falls, New York
 United States
District information
Type Public
Falcons don't glide, they soar
Grades K-12
Established 1956
Superintendent Lynn Marie Fusco
Schools 6
Students and staff
Students 4,200
Teachers 208
Athletic conference Section VI
District mascot Falcons
Colors Black and White and Red               
Other information
Website Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District

Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District is a public school district in New York State located in Sanborn, New York, about 10 miles (16 km) from Niagara Falls, New York. The District serves students from the towns of Niagara and Wheatfield.


The District offices are located at 6700 Schultz Street, Niagara Falls, New York. The current Superintendent Dr. Lynn Fusco.

District administrators[edit]

  • Dr. Lynn M. Fusco–Superintendent.
  • Mr. Richard Hitzges–School Business Administrator
  • Ms. Ashley Wood–District Treasurer
  • Ms. Lenore Luciano–Director of Special Programs
  • Mr. Patrick Canfield–Assistant Director of Special Programs
  • Ms. Mary Ann Buch–Directory of Technology
  • Mr. Delbert Ambrosia–Director of Buildings and Grounds
  • Mr. Michael Dallessandro–Director of Transportation
  • Mr. Mark DiFilippo–Director of Athletics

Board of education[edit]

The Board of Education (BOE) consists of 7 members who serve rotating 3-year terms. Elections are held each May for board members and to vote on the School District Budget.

  • Mr. Steven Sabo–President
  • Mr. Rich Halleen–Vice President
  • Ms. Lori Pittman
  • Mr. David Breier
  • Ms. Kathy Fleming
  • Mr. Richard Sirianni
  • Mr. Christopher Peters

Selected Former Superintendents[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Mrs. Mabel Sarbaugh Lee
  • Mr. Charles R. Clark
  • Mr. Joel Radin–?-1994 (unknown, retired)
  • Mrs. Carol Beebe–1994-1996 (Principal - Colonial Village Elementary, returned to Colonial Village)
  • Mr. Peter T. Kachris–1996-1997 [interim]
  • Dr. Judith H. Howard–1998-2008 (Assistant Superintendent - Hilton Central School District, retired)
  • Mr. Carl Militello–2008-2012 (Retired)
  • Mr. Kerin Dumphrey–2012 [interim] (School Business Administrator - Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District, returned to position)
  • Mr. James Knowles–2012-2013 [interim] (Interim Superintendent - Warsaw Central School District, retired)


The school district operates six schools.[1]

Niagara-Wheatfield High School[edit]

Niagara-Wheatfield High School
2292 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, New York, Niagara 14132
Principal Timothy P. Carter
Grades 9-12

Niagara-Wheatfield High School is located at 2292 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn, New York and serves grades 9 through 12. The current principal is Mr. Timothy Carter.


Former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted with in parentheses

  • Mr. Richard H. Eden–1958-1966
  • Mr. Charles T. Pelcin–1966-1995 (Assistant Principal - Niagara Wheatfield High School, retired)
  • Ms. Laura Palka–1995-2002 (Principal - Windermer Boulevard School, named Principal of Edward Town Middle School)
  • Mr. Michael J. Vallely–2002-2003 [interim] (Assistant Principal - Niagara Wheatfield High School, named Principal of Southwestern High School[disambiguation needed])
  • Mr. Joseph D. Prisinzano–2003-2005 (Assistant Principal - Sweet Home High School, named Principal of Jericho High School)
  • Ms. Michelle A. Spasiano–2005–2007 (Principal - Errick Road Elementary School, named Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction of Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District)
  • Mr. Donald F. Mills–2007-2009 (Assistant Principal - Williamsville South High School, named Principal of Ithaca High School)
  • Mr. Jeffery D. Hazel–2009-2011 (Math teacher - Niagara-Wheatfield High School, named Principal of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute)
  • Dr. Laura Palka–2011-2012 (Principal - Edward Town Middle School, returned to Edward Town)

Edward Town Middle School[edit]

Edward Town Middle School
2292 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, New York, Niagara 14132
United States
Principal Laura Palka
Grades 6-8

Edward Town Middle School is located at 2292 Sanders Settlement Road in Sanborn and serves grades 6, 7, and 8. The current principal is Dr. Laura Palka.


Edward Town Middle School opened in 1965. It was named for Edward Town in 1966, who helped organize the Niagara Wheatfield district.

Selected former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted within parentheses

Colonial Village Elementary School[edit]

Colonial Village Elementary School
1456 Saunders Settlement Road
Niagara Falls, New York, Niagara 14305
United States
Principal Charles A. Smilinich
Grades K-5

Colonial Village Elementary School is located at 1456 Saunders Settlement Road in Niagara Falls and serves grades K through 5. The current principal is Mr. Charles Smilinich.


Selected former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted within parentheses

  • Mr. A. Robert Filocamo–1967-1992 (chairman of the N-W science department 1963-1967 and secondary summer school principal at N-W in 1967, retired)
  • Mrs. Carol Beebe–?-1994 (unknown, named Superintendent of Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District)
  • Mrs. Kathleen A. Cummings–1994-1996 (Assistant Principal - Colonial Village Elementary, placed on assignment)
  • Mrs. Carol Beebe–1996-2008 (Superintendent - Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District, retired)
  • Mr. Timothy Carter–2008–2012 (Vice Principal - West Street Elementary, named Principal of Niagara-Wheatfield High School)

Errick Road Elementary[edit]

Errick Road Elementary School
6839 Errick Road
North Tonawanda, New York, Niagara 14120
Principal Nora O'Bryan
Grades K-5

Errick Road Elementary School is located at 6839 Errick Road in North Tonawanda and serves grades K through 5. The current principal is Mrs. Nora O'Bryan.


Selected former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted within parentheses

  • Mr. John E. Thurmon–1963-1976 (teacher at N-W High School and Tuscarora School, first principal at Errick Road, resigned, died 1995)
  • Mr. Ross S. Bellitto–1976-1981 (principal of Bergholtz, Nash Road, Nevada Avenue, River Road, and Military Road Schools, retired, died 2011)
  • Ms. Michelle Spasiano–?-2005 (unknown, named Principal of Niagara-Wheatfield High School)

Tuscarora Indian School[edit]

Tuscaroa Indian School
2015 Mount Hope Road
Lewiston, New York, Niagara 14092
United States
Principal Elizabeth Corieri
Grades K-6

Tuscarora Indian School is located at 2015 Mt. Hope Street in Lewiston and serves grades K through 6. The current principal is Ms. Elizabeth Corieri.

West Street Elementary[edit]

West Street Elementary School
5700 West Street
Sanborn, New York, Niagara 14132
United States
Principal Theron Mong
Grades K-5

West Street Elementary School is located at 5700 West Street in Sanborn and serves grades K through 5. The current principal is Mr. Theron Mong.


West Street Elementary was opened in 1999.

Former principals[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted within parentheses

  • Ms. Linda McClure–1999-2006 (Administrator, Del Rio,Texas, retired)

School Colors and Mascot[edit]

Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School's official school colors are black & white and red. The school's mascot is the Falcon, and its sports teams and other competitive teams are also referred to as the "Niagara-Wheafield Falcons."

Academic and Behavioral Statistics[edit]

Overall, Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District's academic and behavioral statistics are higher than the New York State average. In 2006 the average attendance rate for all high school students was 93%. Total suspension count for the year was 94 incidents. 96% of the Class of 2006 earned New York State Regents diplomas, while only 4% earned local diplomas. 56.8% of total students earned New York State Regents diplomas with advanced designations (honors). 69.2% of students with disabilities earned New York State Regents diplomas.

Sports and Academic Organizations[edit]

Athletics: NW has an array of sports programs, including baseball, football, basketball, bowling, wrestling, cheer-leading, track, cross country, tennis, volleyball, swimming, golf, soccer, hockey and softball. Niagara-Wheatfield competes in the NFL (Niagara Frontier League) with rival schools such as Lewiston-Porter, Niagara Falls, and Lockport. Niagara-Wheatfield is in New York's Section 6.

Academic Organizations: Niagara-Wheatfield also offers a wide variety of other organizations that students can join based on their interests.

Notable alumni[edit]

Rashad Evans, Class of 1998, is a former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion. During his time at Niagara-Wheatfield, he was known for his significant contributions to the NW Falcons' varsity football and wrestling teams, with guidance and leadership from Coach Ace Cacciatore.

Coach Armand "Ace" Cacciatore, a 2002 inductee into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, and a 1999 inductee into the New York State Wrestling Coaches' Hall of Fame. Ace dedicated his career to teaching and coaching at Niagara-Wheatfield and formed the school's wrestling program in 1963, compiling a record of 330 wins and 30 losses during his wrestling coaching tenure, sending over 35 wrestlers to New York State Finals. He was named to head varsity football coach in 1970, and within three years led the Falcons into their first league championship. His football record is highlighted with 158 wins in 26 years, three Section VI Class Double A championships (two of them consecutive, in 1996 and 1997), seven divisional championships, two Connelly Cups, and five trips to Rich (Ralph Wilson) Stadium. Cacciatore became known not only as a superb coaching tactician, but a molder of men. A strong believer that character matters, he instilled a strong sense of purpose and values in every athlete who ever played or wrestled for his teams. Coach Cacciatore often took an interest in the personal lives of struggling student athletes, and assisted many in obtaining college scholarships or otherwise achieving to their best potential.[2]

Michael Pittman, Class of 2009, is a member of the University of Rochester's male a cappella group, The YellowJackets. The group appeared on season 3 of NBC's singing competition, The Sing Off.

Post-High School Career Paths[edit]

The majority of each year's graduating classes go on to pursue two and four-year college-level degrees. 38.5% of students in the Class of 2006 went on to start a 4-year degree program (91 students in-state and 4 out of state), 46% went on to start a 2-year degree, 4.3% went on to start other vocational training programs, and 28 students total started employment immediately post graduation.

2008: 50 Year Golden Anniversary[edit]

In 2008, Niagara-Wheatfield celebrated its "golden anniversary" of 50 years with a 1950s-style sock hop, inviting all NW alumni who have graduated from the school since its opening 50 years ago.[1]

Brief History and Student Demographics[edit]

Prussian Immigrant Foundation: The original high school was built on the Haseley family farm land in 1958, which the family sold to the state. The dual Edward Town Middle School and Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School complex is located on Saunders Settlement Road (NYS Route 31) near the hamlet of "Walmore",[3] an original Franco-German (Prussian) Lutheran settlement formed in the 1880s, to which the Haseley family is related. There are still several families living in the town of Wheatfield today who are descendants of the original Franco-German (Prussian) immigrant families. The families established the hamlets of Johnsberg, Bergholtz and Walmore after escaping harsh religious persecution in their former European homeland.[4]

Tuscarora Nation History: There is also a Native American population (the Tuscarora Nation, one of the Six Nations of Haudenosaunee) with a deep history that has a historical presence in the school district. The Tuscarora reservation (founded in 1803) is located directly across the street from the middle school and high school, and is home to the Tuscarora Nation.

Italian, Irish and Other Heritages: The school district also is home to several students of Italian ancestry, as well as students many other diverse origins and backgrounds such as Irish-American, Asian-American and African-American.

A Growing Population in a Difficult Economy: Despite issues with job loss in the manufacturing industry due to globalization and the transition of America from a manufacturing-driven economy into a service-driven economy, the Town of Wheatfield is one of the fastest-growing towns in Niagara County. West Street Elementary School located in Sanborn, NY was built and added to the school district in the late 1990s to accommodate the growing population of school-aged children.


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