BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - There are a few Buffalo School Board members plotting to overthrow the district's superintendent. The move failed in July, but it appears there may now be enough support.
Dr. Pamela Brown's biggest critic, board member Carl Paladino, says he will introduce a resolution at the September 25 board meeting asking that the Superintendent be dismissed.
News 4 has learned Paladino has at least three other votes in favor of having the district part ways with Dr. Brown. He needs five votes for the resolution to pass.
Her critics on the board say she lacks the ability to turn around a struggling school system.
"It's a problem with leadership in my book. Time to get new leadership. It's all coming," Paladino said.
Sources say Dr. Brown has not indicated any desire to step down. It is not certain if Paladino has the fifth vote needed to remove her.
State Education Commissioner John King, visiting schools in Amherst, said he has been frustrated with the way the Buffalo School District has handled students who want to leave low performing Buffalo schools. He did not give the Superintendent or the Buffalo School Board a vote of confidence.
"I'm disappointed that there hasn't been more progress in Buffalo," King said. "I don't think anyone is happy with where student achievement is in Buffalo and they have a responsibility, again, to lead, and I hope that the public will watch carefully what they're doing and hold them accountable for leading."
But some board members, including Sharon Belton-Cottman, are standing behind Dr. Brown and believe she has made improvement in the year she has served as Superintendent.
"She inherited this situation, okay? She has improved her graduation rates, the attendance, and still, that's not good enough," Belton-Cottman said.
She accuses Paladino of being on a witch hunt. But Paladino argues the Superintendent lacks the management skills to run the district.
News 4 was unable to reach Dr. Brown on Thursday. However, in the past, she has said she believes there have been good changes made and wants more time to see these changes through.
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