BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The main consulting firm for the Buffalo School District has asked to have its contract with the district terminated as of October 8th.
Cross and Joftus President Scott Joftus tells News 4 Senior Correspondent Rich Newberg, the company has become "the story," instead of the work it has done for the district. On Monday, Newberg reported that Mr. Joftus believed the school board votes to continue the contract might not be there. He also indicated his company would consider terminating the contract, even if the votes were there.
Chief consultant Dr. Mary Guinn, who has guided the central office reorganization for the district and acted as coach to members of Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown's cabinet, is likely to leave Buffalo if the School Board agrees to terminate the contract.
Guinn is paid $289,000 dollars as part of the $432,000 contract with Cross and Joftus. She ran into difficulty with some board members after signing certain district documents and wielding power that may have been beyond her role as a consultant. Scott Joftus says legal advisers to the district at the time had cleared the way for that activity, but that following the criticism, she stopped signing documents.
Guinn served briefly as Interim Deputy Superintendent before taking on the consultant title. The post of Deputy Superintendent still has not been filled.
The Buffalo School Board is expected to consider the contract issue with Cross and Joftus at Wednesday night's meeting.
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