Niagara Wheatfield Principal resigns over handling of rape case involving two students

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SANBORN, N.Y. (WIVB)–The Niagara Wheatfield Board of Education has announced the resignation of High School Principal Michael Mann.

Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich spoke to the board at tonight’s meeting saying Mann handed in his letter of resignation.

Ljiljanich says Jeff White will continue to act as interim principal while they work quickly to determine a timeline for hiring a new principal.

Mann had previously been put on leave by the district in June. He came under fire from parents for his handling of a rape case involving two students.

The mother of the student who was raped, Leslie, attended Wednesday night’s meeting. She spoke about the pain her daughter had suffered.

“I am now a member of a club that no one wants to be a part of. that no parent should ever have to be a part of. my daughter got a life sentence. what she went through last year was atrocious. and that’s a kind word,” Leslie said.

In a statement released to News 4 this evening Superintendent Ljiljanich said:

Good Evening,

I want to provide our school community with an update on our high school prinicapl position. Mr. Mann has submitted his resignation, so we will be commencing a search fo a new high school principal. Mr. White, who has served as acting principal this school year, will continue in his leadership role as interim prinicipal until our search for a new principal is complete. Mr. White has done an outstanding job working with the high school team to create a smooth start to the school year, and is enthusiastic about continuing his work with our students and staff to foster a positive learning enviornment. We look forward to finding a strong and experienced candidate who will be an excellent fit for Niagara Wheatfield High School and the District.”

Superintendent, Daniel G. Ljiljanich

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