BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Outspoken Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino planned to introduce a motion at Wednesday night's meeting to oust embattled Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown.
He had previously introduced a similar motion after his election to the board in July. That motion died with not a single other board member supporting it.
But Paladino was supposed to try again at the board's very first meeting of the new school year, now that months have passed and Dr. Brown has come under fire from the NYS Board of Education for repeatedly failing to come up with a proper plan to transfer students and turn around two failing high schools. Though the plans are now in place, News 4 was told by sources that Paladino felt a "growing sense" among board members "that something has to be done."
However, Wednesday night, Paladino arrived late to the meeting. The board took a roll call vote on whether to add his motions to the agenda, including the motion to terminate Dr. Brown, and it did not receive the five votes required. The vote to add his motions was 4-4.
Later in the meeting, the board did allow Paladino to introduce his motions, but he never brought forward the motion to terminate Dr. Brown. If the motion were to pass, five votes would be needed, and News 4 has learned that Paladino does have some support on the board, but it's unknown if all five votes are there.
"The entire leadership level of the school system is responsible for the decadence and the decay and the fact that we have 45 dysfunctional schools, and the fact that we have 27,000 kids that were not given a choice," Paladino said. "And the fact that we had to take East and Lafayette and put them into EPOs, and everything else that you've been watching and reading about in the last couple months."
"I will continue to expose these very secret little agendas that everybody has and eventually, these people will have no choice but to do the right thing."
Paladino tells News 4 he will re-introduce that motion at the board meeting two weeks from now.
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