BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - When Buffalo School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown hired Lorey Schultz to a new $115,000 public relations position for the district, she violated mandated district hiring procedures, according to an informed source. Schultz did not show up on Monday, for what was supposed to be her first day on the job.
Dr. Brown had created a new position that had not been appropriated in the budget. In addition, since the exempt position is not subject to collective bargaining, it needs to first be approved by the Public Employment Relations Board or the union that might represent an individual in a similar job classification. The School Board is expected to vote on the Schultz position during Wednesday's meeting. It will take six votes to put the item on the agenda.
Also of concern to some school board members is word that Dr. Brown might consider giving up the search for a Deputy Superintendent, in order to put Schultz on the payroll. Board members had met with the superintendent and attorneys for the district during a "workshop session" on how legal matters and procedures are handled. The job of interim deputy superintendent had been filled by Dr. Mary Guinn, who vacated the position on July 1st, because she is a paid consultant for the district. The job of deputy superintendent is to run the day-to-day operations of the district. School Board member Jim Sampson wants to know whether an active search for a Deputy Superintendent is underway.
In another development, Sampson has called for the termination of Dr. Guinn's consulting contract because there are no performance measures or benchmarks that would indicate whether or not she is delivering positive results for the district. Her consulting duties include helping the district's central office reorganize, coach those who oversee principals, and provide schools with a new support system designed to advance academic achievement. Dr. Guinn makes $289,000 as part of the $432,000 consulting contract with the firm Cross and Joftus. When she was first hired in March, Dr. Guinn said "the picture will be clear for everyone" after the district is reorganized.
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