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East Aurora High School, Waldo principals departing

Updated: March 18, 2013 6:52AM

AURORA — East Aurora High School and Waldo Middle School both will be getting new principals.

Waldo Middle School Principal Joseph Talluto resigned effective immediately this week past, East Aurora spokesman Clayton Muhammad said.

Muhammad said that Talluto was put on administrative leave pending an investigation at the beginning of the week, before he made the decision to resign. The district would not comment further on Talluto being placed on leave, citing it as a personnel matter, Muhammad said Friday.

Talluto was hired at the district in July 2011.

East Aurora High School Principal Sheila Conrad announced that she will leave the administrative post to return to teaching next year.

In an email sent late Thursday afternoon to high school teachers, Conrad said she plans to return to a classroom position at the end of the school year. Conrad has served as high school principal since 2006.

“Although I have sincerely enjoyed every minute of the time I have served as the principal of East Aurora High School, the time constraints of the position will deter me from moving forward with some future plans, which include pursuit of a post-graduate degree and spending time with my two grandsons,” Conrad wrote.

She said her request will be considered at the East Aurora School Board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

“I felt that it was important that you were aware of the changes for next year before then,” Conrad said in her email.

The School District is required to notify principals of plans to renew their contract for the next school year by March 1, Muhammad said.

Muhammad , too

Muhammad, meanwhile, is leaving the district to become the director of communications for the city of Aurora. His immediate replacement will be someone already working for the district, said East Aurora School Board President Annette Johnson.

According to a job description, only internal candidates are being considered for the district’s interim communications director position. The position was initially posted on the district’s website on Feb. 8. The posting closed on Friday.

Johnson said that Superintendent Jerome Roberts plans to hire someone with in-district experience “who understands the district and can hit the ground running.”

The board intends to repost for a spokesman in June when school administrator contracts expire.

“If the person who takes the (interim) position does a great job, they can basically go back and apply,” Johnson said.

The candidate must have a master’s degree in education, communications, administration or a related field.

The interim spokesman will be responsible for media releases, managing marketing materials, and serving as district spokesman for media-related inquiries and emergency situations, among other responsibilities.

Roberts could not be reached for comment Friday.

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