Yet, the executive sessions primarily about the appointment and transfers of administrators in the Buffalo Public Schools were done behind closed doors.
Carl Paladino present at the meeting challenged the policy saying to Board members, "You're kicking me out for executive session, and I gave you the law on it. You're breaking the law."
During the Board meeting last August the Board approved transfers but this year it was a hush-hush process about the administrative shifting in the district.
School Board President Lou Petrucci said it was the prerogative of Superintendent James Williams this year, according to Buffalo News blogger Mary Pasciak. The Board only approves and votes on any new appointments but has little influence on these transfers though the schools where these administrators appointed to either meet district benchmarks or fall further behind.
Administrators have complained themselves about the gestapo like tactics and maneuvers used in the appointment and transfer proces. That's why a school board member was quoted in the Buffalo News today calling these decisions as:
"...a terrible Buffalo Public Schools practice for decades and a core reason why we are in our present state” when he saw the name of a principal on the list transferred to another school.And it's unclear whether the Board voted on the subject of transfer of administrators at the Wednesday meeting, and Buffalo News blogger Mary Pasciak on the live chat admitted she did not have all the information about the transfers in her packets though the board went into executive session twice when a board member had a question about a transfer. After the executive session he said:
"I want to be on record that I am in opposition to the appointment of the new principal at Lydia T. Wright."
Another Board member had commented sometime ago that the district is paying high salaries to many people who don't know what they are doing.
"I don't know how we're going to turn the district around if we don't have the right people in the right places," said board member Mary Ruth Kapsiak, herself a retired district administrator. "I just feel we're paying an awful lot of money for people not to know what they're doing."Unless something changes as one School Board member commented, "it's a terrible Buffalo Public Schools practice for decades and the core reason why we are in our present state."
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