BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The new superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools is sharing her vision for the struggling district.
Along with the new superintendent, Buffalo schools also have a new Board of Education director. At a reorganizational meeting Monday afternoon around 4 p.m., the board voted six-to-three to make Mary Ruth Kapsiak School Board President and unanimously make Ralph Hernandez School Board Vice President.
Dr. Pamela Brown's contract as the new superintendent is still about a week away from being finalized. But Monday, she told reporters what she'll be doing as she takes over the school system.
"One of the things I definitely plan to do here is to share data with the staff and the community and with students," she said.
New Board President Kapsiak said, "She's a great listener. I've been around her on a couple of occasions and she listens to everyone. She just doesn't have a particular group that she's interested in listening to. She's listening to everyone."
We also learned Monday of the termination of an assistant superintendent. Debbie Buckley, who was in charge of federal and state programs, was abruptly terminated last Wednesday night. She made $90,000 a year. Human Resources could not comment further on her firing, but it is unrelated to the new superintendent coming in.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
The Niagara County Sheriff's responded to Saunders Settlement Road near Comstock in Cambria Friday night after receiving a tip about a suspected meth lab.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
Firefighters had to withdraw from a smoky fire in Blasdell at a multi-dwelling home on South Park Avenue Friday night because the flames were so intense.
Call 4 Action looked into claims this week that members of BJ's Wholesale Club were paying too much on sales tax on some deeply discounted items.
State Police in Pennsylvania are investigating an alleged pedophile pastor already facing charges in Western New York.