Politics on the Buffalo Board of Education makes for strange bedfellows as Board Member at-large, Christopher Jacobs and Superintendent James Williams sparred about the issue of exempt employees, the non-union administrators former GOP gubernatorial candidate and businessman Carl Paladino mentioned when he spoke before the Board of Education committee meeting on Wednesday.
When Jacobs asked Williams about these exempt employees, he referred him to look at the budget, saying: "We have less administrators than we had when I came here. But we have more exempt employees."
Superintendent Williams told Jacobs he's "sick of his craziness" and called Paladino "ignorant" and "stupid." And he told Jacobs and other committee members they..."all cater to that stupid stuff. I'm fed up with it. I'm through with him (Paladino). I'm not going there."
Jacobs frustrated with Williams picks up his things and walks out of the Board Education committee meeting.
Interestingly Jacobs is vice-president for executive affairs and chairs the executive affairs committee on the School Board, where these "exempt" administrative appointments discussed or was he politically grandstanding?
The Buffalo News education blogger speculated Jacobs has political aspirations, he's "...playing to the preferences of some of the most powerful forces Buffalo's business community," such as Carl Paladino.
The question is, what happens now to the former friends now foes? Williams allegedly told reporters on Wednesday he would leave the district if the salary cap Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed for superintendents based on enrollments implemented.
Christopher Jacobs has been one of Williams staunchest supporters on the School Board, voting with the faction that extended his controversial contract three times since July 2005.