Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Superintendent finalists selected for Buffalo Schools

After much anticipation last night Buffalo Board of Education released the names of the 3 superintendent finalists for the Buffalo Schools vacant since former super James Williams had stepped down amid controversy last year.

School Board President Louis Petrucci announced the three after the School Board returned from executive session one hour later. Lee Pasquarella, head of Cascade Consultant Group was spotted in the Board room when they went into executive session and left after it returned public again.

The finalists were Edward Newsome, Pamela Brown and interim Super Amber Dixon.  Dixon on the job as interim is the top contender followed by Pamela Brown noted as a specialist in second language acquisition.  Formerly from the Philadelphia Schools, she is employed in the area of research in Massachusetts. Newsome doesn't appear to have the second language acquisition or bilingual education background of Brown.  His website cites his expertise in many areas of education but none in bilingual education.

Although a group of stakeholders meet with the finalists today, it's not open to the public or the Board interviews on Friday.  But there is a public reception today after the stakeholders meeting at Waterfront School downtown at 5PM . Some say the search process lacked transparency from inception. Yet, for the first time ever  the School Board allowed the public

into the Board room when the consultants were initially interviewed. Yet the public didn't show up.

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