BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - With so much on the line for Buffalo students, you would expect to hear from the district's superintendent. But despite an edict directing Buffalo Public Schools to work with Erie 1 BOCES or have two schools closed, Dr. Pamela Brown was nowhere to be found on Friday.
Dr. Brown has only been with the district for a year and inherited many of its problems. Though she issued a brief statement on Friday after news about the directive from State Education Commissioner John King, Dr. Brown did not make herself available to media.
Instead, school board president Barbara Seals Nevergold sat down with the media late Friday afternoon. Nevergold said she is stunned by the timing and substance of the state education department edict.
She points to the the fact that Dr. Brown is new, and that there's an established working relationship with Johns Hopkins' talent development for both schools. What's more, Nevergold says the raw data from the 2013 graduation rate for both schools indicates positive outcomes that will exceed last year's graduation rate.
News 4 asked Nevergold why Dr. Brown was nowhere to be found on Friday.
She responded, "Well the superintendent is out of the district today. As a matter of fact she had a meeting scheduled with Mr. Slentz [deputy commissioner of education] in Albany to discuss the letter from the commissioner."
We questioned Nevergold on the actual whereabouts of Dr. Brown, and whether the superintendent was in Albany.
"Now the superintendent was joining the meeting by phone. I didn't say she was in Albany. But she's out of the district. I don't know quite frankly where she is. But she's taken some time, and she's not in the district."
Nevergold says the meeting between Dr. Brown and Slentz was canceled by the state education department Friday morning.
She also said the school board has been requesting a meeting with Commissioner King for over a year with no response.
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