Buffalo school board election results are in; members could get a pay raise

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The results are in for Buffalo’s Board of Education election, and this year had the potential for a power swing on the board.

All nine seats were on the ballot for the first time in 15 years.

Three of the board members ran unopposed:

  • Jennifer Mecozzi (West District)
  • Sharon Belton-Cottman (Ferry District)
  • Hope Jay (North District)

Louis Petrucci, Kathy Evans-Brown and Paulette Woods all won their district races.

Ann Rivera, Terrance Heard and Lawrence Scott won in the at-large districts.

MORE | View the results of the election here.

Newly elected school board members could receive a big raise. It would be their first pay increase in 21 years.

Last month, a report recommended raises for Buffalo city officials, including the mayor, Common Council and school board.

They recommened school board members have their stipend doubled to $10,000 per year.

The Common Council’s finance committee met on Tuesday and discussed school board members receiving an even bigger stipend — somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000.

Lovejoy Councilman Rich Fontana says “When you’re on the school board, you have to be at different places, at different times, come to meetings. I think they’re spending more on that on gas alone. They take phone calls during the course of the day too.”

The issue has now moved from the finance committee to the council floor.

Fontana says the council could vote on this issue as early as next week.

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