Thursday, August 25, 2011
Behind the scenes look at board room after School Board goes into executive session to interview candidates for interim superintendent of schools
James A. Williams, Superintendent of Buffalo Schools steps down on September 15, after six turbulent years. The Buffalo School Board interviewed two candidates for superintendent of schools on Wednesday night at a scheduled meeting in the board room, 801 City Hall at 5:30 PM. And less than half hour later at 6 PM, the Board announced it was going into executive session. After, the security guard asked the public to leave the room instead the Board members left went into an adjacent area.This video captured the frustration of the audience waiting as they conducted the interviews in private in a back room behind closed doors in a meeting that lasted for over two hours. In the video are teachers recently laid-off at City Honors scheduled to speak about their plight asking for reinstatement, Citizen Action members signed up to speak about school suspensions, the Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore speaking on a resolution to bring back the laid-off attendance teachers and those recently laid off at City Honors though he spoke before the executive session, as well as other speakers. Adding to the anxiety and frustration of the public was waiting over two hours until after the Board finished the executive session to resume its meetings to allow the speakers on the agenda an opportunity to address them.