Ah, yes... remember the contingency funds the Buffalo Board of Education allocated back on May 25th to hire back the attendance teachers? And the contingency funding had to do with all parties agreeing to an attendance program of some sorts. It appears Superintendent James A. Williams idea of contingency has changed from what he agreed.
That is why Board attorney Brendan Kelleher called Phil Rumore, President of the Buffalo Teachers Federation on Thursday asking the union to drop its grievance on the wrongful termination of the attendance teacher in 2005 or Superintendent James A. Williams won't bring back the teachers.
So it seems we are back to square one again as student attendance continues to plummet in the Buffalo Schools as a plethora of reports from different groups corroborated it, including the attendance report consultant Hedy Chang the district hired last fall compiled from studying attendance data in the schools. And Williams can't pick and choose which attendance teachers to hire. He hired one laid off attendance teacher in 2009 in guidance as a school counselor and three laid-off attendance teachers on the preferred eligibility list returned last year. So district opening itself up to legal challenges if it stipulates conditions on hiring the others on the list.