BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Some board members have already made it clear they have it out for Buffalo School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown, and Carl Paladino is expected to introduce a motion at Wednesday's meeting to have her terminated.
Now News 4 has learned interim deputy superintendent Dr. Mary Guinn is also in their sights. She was hired by Brown this past March to provide coaching for teachers.
"So that our teachers are able to receive some guidance, as they are charged with learning a whole different way of teaching," Dr. Brown explained at the time.
Five months later, Brown said Guinn was no longer interim deputy superintendent, but a paid consultant.
She explained, "We were able, through some other grant funding, to allow her to continue to work, not as the interim deputy superintendent, at that point, but as a leadership consultant."
What Guinn is actually doing and how the board can measure her success has now become an issue with some board members. Jim Sampson is going as far as calling for an end to the consulting contract under which she is working at the district.
"My biggest concern is, we are having a very, very difficult time trying to determine and learn what a leadership consultant does," Sampson said.
Guinn's salary is $289,000, part of a $432,000 contract with consulting firm Cross and Joftus. Her 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.
"In the contract itself there are no kind of performance measures or any way we can tell the public and our constituents that this is money that is well invested and and we're going to get good outcomes," Sampson said.
Guinn said in March she and her new techniques will require time.
"Once the superintendent reorganizes the district, puts the district back together, ensures that the primary goal that services that will improve academic achievement have been realized through the reorganization, then the picture will be clear for everyone," Guinn said.
The president of the consulting firm, Scott Joftus, said the performance objectives are not laid out in the contract but are shared with Brown and some in the administration because it deals with management. Some school board members want that information shared.
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