BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo school officials have hired a new top administrator to lead a top-to-bottom overhaul of the central office. The district made this move after state education officials brought in a "distinguished educator" to critique the system.
Buffalo schools are now among the worst in the entire State of New York. Dr. Mary Guinn has been named the interim Deputy Superintendent, under Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown, in the hopes that the new administrator can make an impact on failing grades and high drop-out rates.
Dr. Guinn, the former superintendent of schools in Gary, Indiana, is going to be implementing what officials are calling, "the Buffalo way of improving schools and achievement."
"To go into schools and to provide coaching for teachers," said Dr. Brown. "So our teachers are able to receive some guidance as they are charged with learning a whole different way of teaching."
While officials were not completely clear about "the Buffalo way", they are certain about a massive shakeup in the central office. Officials say they want to do more with less, a move that's getting support from educators and parents.
Dr. Guinn said, "Once the superintendent reorganizes the district, puts the district back together, insures that the primary goal, that services that will improve academic achievement will have been realized through the organization, then the picture will be clearer for everyone."
Sam Radford of the Parent Coordinating Council welcomed the news.
"The fact that they're reorganizing the central office is very important," he said. "A lot of support needs to be given at the building level. To see those things moving in that direction is extremely important for the children."
Robert Bennett of the New York Board of Regents added, "The expectations are extremely high and they're high for those kids and therefore those adults have got to get their acts together."
The shakeup up at the central office will more than likely lead to people losing their jobs and others taking on new responsibilities.
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