GOWANDA: Nice honor for big job

Like many superintendents, Dr. Robert Anderson of Gowanda Central Schools has had his hands full since March. Not only has he been busy communicating with parents and students regarding the COVID-19 crisis, he also made sure the district distributed tens of thousands of meals to those in need in the community.

By the way, he also had a full-fledged mutiny by a pair of Board of Education members. Both David Barnes and Janet Vogtli are facing misconduct charges due to some unfortunate profanity and remarks during video meetings in the spring.

That would be enough for some to reach a breaking point. Not Anderson.

Through the last four months, his district — as well as many others in this region — has shown tremendous leadership on making sure classes continued in an online format, report cards came out on time and those seniors who graduated were properly acknowledged. Last week, the Village Board offered their thanks to Anderson.

“He defines professionalism in every way and since March 16, I’ve received nothing but positive comments from our community, our residents, our children, our staff about the job that the school district has done under your leadership,” village Mayor David Smith said. “Gowanda leads the way thanks to you.”

Anderson humbly accepted the honor. No doubt, a class act.


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