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Ken-Ton Welcomes New Leadership in Human Resources, Secondary Education & Transportation

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD is pleased to welcome Christopher Swiatek as the district’s new Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Swiatek has extensive experience in public education and human resources, having served as a teacher, school leader, and human resources administrator at the school district level. As Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Swiatek will oversee hiring, personnel, negotiations, payroll and benefits, as well as continuing and community education.

Swiatek began his career in education at the Hamburg Central School District as a social studies teacher before serving as an assistant principal in the Grand Island Central School District and then as a secondary principal in the Warsaw Central School District. Swiatek was subsequently promoted to the position of Director of Personnel, Technology & Instruction for Warsaw Central Schools. Before embarking on his career in education, Swiatek served in the United States Air Force and worked in family restoration. His extensive background and experience will be a tremendous asset as the Ken-Ton School District continues to cultivate a world-class professional staff to support the exceptional educational programs provided across Ken-Ton Schools.

The Ken-Ton School District also welcomes Teresa Gerchman as Director of Secondary Education. Gerchman has extensive teaching, building-level and administrative experience and will oversee secondary education in the Ken-Ton School District including the district’s high schools and middle schools, which serve more than 4,000 students.

Gerchman​ holds several permanent secondary-level professional certifications in chemistry, mathematics, Earth science, physics and general science. She taught in New York State for more than 16 ​ years, most recently as science teacher and head of the science department at Spencerport High School. She also has extensive building-level and administrative experience, having served as academy director and school leader at a K-8 charter school in the Rochester area and then as Vice President for Educational Services at EdisonLearning, where she led turnaround efforts at numerous schools throughout the nation. Most recently, she was Chief Schools Officer for Innovative Schools in Wilmington, Del., overseeing operations and academics of four charter schools.

The district is also pleased to announce the appointment of James Nestico as Supervisor of Transportation. With 28 years of experience in the transportation industry, Nestico will be well-positioned to oversee transportation operations for the Ken-Ton School District. This includes transporting thousands of students daily to and from the district’s nine elementary, middle and high schools as well as transporting students to more than 100 different schools within Western New York including non-public/charter schools, special education classroom sites, and BOCES career and technical education centers.

For the past eight years, Nestico has worked in pupil transportation at First Student, a national provider of transportation services for school districts throughout the country. At First Student, Nestico was a Senior Location Manager responsible for overseeing an operation in the Buffalo City School District consisting of 200 buses and the safe transport of approximately 15,000 students. Nestico specialized in all aspects of coordinating large-scale bus movements as well as special projects.

Swiatek and Gerchman both began in early April, and Nestico will begin in early May.