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Monday, July 2, 2012

Mary Ruth Morrow Kapsiak new board president to focus on improving student achievement, attendance, graduation rates

Mary Ruth Morrow Kapsiak
is the newly elected president of the Buffalo Board of Education. In a 6 to 3 vote, the former school board president in 2007 took the reins once again from outgoing president Louis Petrucci.  Kapsiak said, "our first priority is to keep kids in school. I know if they are in school they would graduate."
So she plans to focus on "improving student achievement, attendance, and graduation rates." She will be looking at the test scores, and student attendance weekly and monthly to see how the district is progressing. West District Rep. Ralph Hernandez nominated Kapsiak second by East District Rep. Sharon Belton Cottman. 
John Licata at Large member, and North District Jason McCarthy nominated Petrucci. Buffalo News education blogger Mary Pasciak covered the annual organizational meeting today where members of the board vote for the president, vice-president, VP of executive affairs, and VP for student achievement. Pasciak cited the presence of Mrs. Hernandez  at the meeting, a premonition that Hernandez was vying for a post on the board. And East District Rep. Rosalyn Taylor nominated Hernandez 2nd by at-Large Rep. Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold. He was unanimously voted VP of executive affairs. Taylor voted VP of student achievement.
Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon  presided at the meeting opened the floor for nominations, while Superintendent Elect, Dr. Pamela Brown sat in the board room in the section reserved for high level district officials such as chief financial officers and associates superintendents.

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