Interestingly, not only is the district obligated to cooperate fully with this consultant but,
"Upon receipt of any recommendations from the distinguished educator for modification of a district improvement plan and/or any corrective action, restructuring, or comprehensive plan, the board of education, trustees, or chancellor shall either modify the plans accordingly or provide a written explanation to the Commissioner of its reasons for not adopting such recommendations. The Commissioner shall direct the district to modify the plans as recommended by the distinguished educator unless the Commissioner finds that the written explanation provided by the district has compelling merit."And besides the commissioner establishing the consulting fee for those appointed to a school district as opposed to a school, the fee is increased "by an additional 10 percent."
But there was some uncertainty and confusion among School Board members at their meeting Wednesday evening about the role of the "distinguished educator" appointed to the district in tandem with the superintendent search. So it was suggested the board contact the state education commissioner and ask what is the role of this consultant.
It would seem the best place for this person to work is out of the district turnaround office rather an advisor to the superintendent in the Buffalo Schools especially during the superintendent search process.
Some in Buffalo wonder if there is too much intrusion from the State Ed folks in the Buffalo Schools for the small amount of money it was awarded through the Race to the Top funds.