Hashem, who retired as Lackawanna superintendent in 2008, replaces Robert Christmann, who had been serving on an interim basis since announcing his retirement in October.
A graduate of Canisius College
and the University at Buffalo
, Hashem, 66, had been with the Lackawanna district since 1968.
moved into the top post in 2001.
Hashem was also interim superintendent of the Springville-Griffith Institute
from January to July 2011.
Christmann, who is now executive director of the Western New York Educational Services Council, had been Grand Island superintendent for six years.
Hashem is a former member of the councils board of directors.
Under terms of a contract approved by the board in October, Christmann was serving on a part-time basis until a new superintendent was on board, probably July 1, the start of the 2013-14 school year.
, whose wife, Karen, a retired teacher, was at the meeting, offered his
final thoughts on his
Included was praise for the board, faculty, staff, administrators, students and the Town Board
was especially proud of the district being among Business Firsts top 10 best districts academically in Western New York and among the top 100 districts nationally, according to Newsweek
and U.S. News
and World Reports.
Goris said the district was better off for having had Christmann
praised Goris, who has served for 10 years, as a stellar board member, adding that the board presidents resignation is a major loss in leadership.