Superintendent's Message

  • Photo of Mr. Michael BonnewellIt’s a great day to be a Lockport Lion!

    I am grateful to have been appointed as the Interim Superintendent for the Lockport City School District. After nearly 40 years as an educator (beginning as a summer school Teaching Assistant and ending with more than 20 years as Superintendent of Schools), I retired from education. Just a few months into the world of retirement I realized I missed my true passion—working for children and young adults. I tell others that I have “failed” at retirement three times now—and they are “failures” I have celebrated! Those “failures” allowed me to return to schools in temporary roles as a PK-2 grade principal for eight weeks last winter, a junior high principal for one day (at Aaron Mossell) last June, and now in this role.

    I look forward to meeting and caring for the students of Lockport City School District and the parents and community that love them. You’ll see me around our campuses during the school day and at events including athletics and the arts. I’ve already met some of you at our open houses. Please feel free to stop and say hello when you do see me.

    Not only is it a great day to be a Lockport Lion, but we plan to make it a great year to be a Lockport Lion!

    • COVID restrictions have been relaxed as a result of direction from the CDC and New York State. 2022-2023 will be the most traditional school year we’ve had since COVID struck.
    • Additional personnel brought on staff with federal COVID recovery grants will continue to assist with our students' social/emotional and academic needs.
    • Phase 1A of the capital project has been completed and further enhances our school buildings. Preparations continue on the next phase.
    • A new online tutoring program will also be available to assist our students in grades 7-12, adding to the daily classroom learning program.
    • View Sonic boards will provide another resource to support teaching and learning in each of our classrooms.
    • STEM learning and WozEd science programming will be implemented in our classrooms in the coming year to enhance our science instruction and help us to help our students meet the New York Science Standards.
    • Several new staff members begin their own Lion Lives serving our students. I know from having met them earlier this year they are as excited as I am for the new year.
    Working with children is a reward beyond compare! I am thrilled to be doing so again and encourage you to come and join us! Details about available positions can be found on our website.

    Finally, LCSD has a very important decision to make. In the next few months, the Board of Education will appoint the next Superintendent of Schools. The Board’s search consultant has scheduled a number of sessions and provided a Thought Exchange activity to ask the community to share in identifying the traits, characteristics, skills, and other qualifications needed in the next Superintendent. Specific information about taking part in any of these can be found at www.lockportschools.org/superintendentsearch.

    I encourage you to contact the appropriate person at your child’s school with questions or needs they, or you, may have. I thank you, on behalf of each of us at LCSD privileged to work for your children, and wish you and your children much success in the new year!