Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Lou Petrucci new school board president

Louis J. Petrucci
Buffalo School Board President
He's the chief building inspector for the City of Buffalo, but now the former City Honors High School graduate  Louis J. Petrucci is the new Buffalo Board of Education President.  He vied for the post last year but beat by out going president Ralph Hernandez who was at the helm for two years.
According to Buffalo News,
"Chief among his concerns for the district: Student attendance. More than half of Buffalo’s high school students miss nearly a month or more of school, a recent study found."
Petrucci is a no nonsense man, a good listener, and wants to improve tests scores, school attendance,  parent involvement in the schools, and plans to provide the board a list of goals for the upcoming school year with "...  a clearly defined means of measuring success."
Besides participating in many youth related activities and organizations in his community, Petrucci is "a member of the Local 2651 AFSCME Executive Board and Negotiating committee. He formerly served on the executive board of Council 35 and the Buffalo Chapter of the AFL-CIO," an experience he'll need to nudge retiring Superintendent James A. Williams in negotiating expeditiously the contract of Buffalo teachers that expired five years ago.
Also, he is Board President of Dog Ears Book Store in South Buffalo. And as a member of the Erie County Democratic Party Executive Committee, Petrucci brings a wealth of political experience to the board.
Photo Credit: BPS

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