BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The re-opening of the newly renovated and highly ranked Olmsted School 64, which underwent a $16 million reconstruction, provided Buffalo Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown with an upbeat event following a grueling all-night school board meeting where she held onto her job by one vote.
Brown told a packed chamber in City Hall Wednesday night she has the skills and ambition to take the district to new heights for student achievement. But Brown and the school board don't see eye-to-eye on one items: whether or not to hire former News 4 reporter Lorey Schultz for $115,000 to fill a new position that would be called Chief of Public Relations.
"This position is essential to the image of the district, to the district's communicate to communicate in an effective way," Brown argued.
But most board members said the district can't afford a second PR person and that there were more pressing needs.
Board member Jason McCarthy said, "We can't even give our teachers raises or we can't provide music in the classroom. It just doesn't seem like the right decision at this time."
Board member Dr. Theresa Harris-Tigg added, "We have schools, for example with 47 different languages. There are not enough interpreters there."
Schultz had been assured by the superintendent she had a job but some hiring procedures were not properly followed. And now Schultz, who had worked in communications for Mayor Bryon Brown, is without a job.
Dr. Brown said, "Certainly I am very sorry that things have transpired as they have. I have been in contact with her. I know that she is aware that our intention, my intention was to bring her on board."
The reconstruction of Olmsted School 64 adds more than 30,000-square feet of space, and includes a gym and a computer lab.
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