Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Attendance teachers coming back to Buffalo schools decided a more pro-active school board as Williams steps down
Finally district officials are recalling laid off attendance teachers from the preferred eligibility list required in NYS education law after the Buffalo Board of Education in a more pro-active state insisted they rehire the attendance officers and other teachers recently laid-off immediately at a meeting on Monday. Still a few board members Florence Johnson, at large and Christopher Jacobs, at-large squabbled about the evils of the cosmetic rider, seniority and a job description requiring attendance teachers to work evening hours until district attorney advised hours set in the contract the item had to be negotiated with the union.
Also, the newest board member Sharon Belton-Cottman, Ferry District made troubling offensive comments about the work attendance teachers performed in the past saying they had to really work now instead of "sitting in offices," forgetting it was a contract dispute in 2005 not the job performance of the attendance teachers the reason district had laid them off.
The board voted to allocate $505,000, at a meeting on May 25th this year. Yet many of them were frustrated to see little progress had been done since this period. And John Licata, at-large board member commented, "