The selection is on to fill the at-large seat on the Buffalo Board of Education. Details appeared tonight on the Buffalo News School Zone live blog of meeting. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen, eligible to vote in City of Buffalo, resident for three years and no felony convictions.
Buffalo School Board voted tonight to fill the at-large seat vacated by Chris Jacobs today by opening up the process to the entire community instead of appointing themselves as it has been past practice.
At one time a squabble developed between which district board member to fill the seat but tonight the board voted to accept resumes from the entire community, including any board member that wants the seat.
However, any board member interested in being considered can not be part of the selection or voting process. Rosalyn Taylor, vice-president of the Executive Affairs Committee asked: " We can go two ways. Fill it from within or fill it as an at-large seat? And they voted unanimously to fill it as an at-large seat.
Interestingly, former Ferry District School Board Member Florence Johnson, an at-large board member now had been appointed to fill an at-large vacancy back on December 2003 and sworn in on January 2004, but said "if we acted in error," then the board should not do that. She said she supported opening the process up" along with West District Rep Ralph Hernandez and North District Rep.McCarthy later joined by all the board members.
The dead-line date for resumes is December 16, by 4 PM and the news to appear in the newspapers by 12/17 and interviews set tentatively for December 21 or 22 if needed. Board ask to provide questions for the interviews based on their expertise or areas they represent. Interviews to last 20 to 30 minutes and candidates selected by the week of December 28 and sworn in on January 4, 2012. Interested candidates can e-mail a letter of intent, resumes with three letters of reference by December 16, 4 PM to :
James M. Kane
Buffalo Public Schools
801 City Hall
Buffalo, NY 14202