BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown says she will not step down, despite a possible vote moving for her dismissal at the next school board meeting.
In an exclusive interview with New 4 Senior Correspondent Rich Newberg, Brown said she believes she has made significant progress in moving the district forward during her year in Buffalo and wants to remain here to implement her policies.
Newberg asked, "Superintendent Brown, there may be a vote Wednesday, at the next board meeting to move for your dismissal. Do you intend on staying?"
Brown said, "I have every intention on staying. I've made a commitment to the 33,000 thousand children in this district and to this entire city to come to this district and demonstrate the leadership that is needed to improve the schools that we serve, and I think if you look at the progress that we made during this past school year, there's every indication that if we continue to do what we've been doing, we're going to move this district forward in a way that the entire city can be proud of."
Newberg reports that his sources indicate Brown could have negotiated an exit package that would have given her up to a year's pay, $217,500. She is entering the second year of a three-year contract. School Board Member Carl Paladino says he will press for the superintendent's dismissal at next Wednesday's School Board meeting, but will now move for a "no fault" separation agreement that have to be negotiated. At one point, Paladino was believed to have four of the five votes needed to fire Brown. Paladino has said Brown lacked the qualifications to be superintendent and has failed to demonstrate leadership.
In defending her performance during the past year, Brown points to a projected increase in the graduation rate from 47 percent to 56 percent, an increase in student attendance, and a reduction of student suspensions.
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