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Fri May 16, 2014

Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown seeking departure agreement

Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown said Friday she will seek an amicable agreement with the Board of Education for her departure from the district.

Brown made her brief comments at a hastily-called City Hall news conference Friday afternoon. She spoke for roughly two minutes and did not take any questions from reporters.

An emotional Brown referred to "recent, persistent and baseless allegations" about her suitability to serve in making her decision. She said it was in the best interest of the community, the district and its students that she attempt to reach an accord.

Superintendent Pamela Brown said she will seek an amicable agreement with the Board of Education for her departure from the district.
Superintendent Pamela Brown said she will seek an amicable agreement with the Board of Education for her departure from the district.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

"It's clear that a segment of the school board desires new leadership," Brown said.

Reports surfaced Friday that Brown's attorney reached out to the school board during a closed door session at Wednesday's meeting. Brown was thought to be seeking "graceful exit" from the post, rather than being fired. 

School Board member Carl Paladino was not at Wednesday's meeting, but confirmed there was a discussion on the matter.

"The attorney out of Washington approached the board attorney, Karl Kristoff, with the idea of maybe presenting an option to allow the superintendent to resign," Paladino told WBFO.

A new school board majority will take its place on July 1, after two new members, Larry Quinn and Patricia Bowers Pierce, came out on top in this month's school board election. Both are thought to be allies of Paladino, who has repeatedly sought Brown's removal.

Photo of Superintendent Brown on the wall outside Board of Education office on eight floor of City Hall.
Photo of Superintendent Brown on the wall outside Board of Education office on eight floor of City Hall.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Brown has previously refused attempts to buy her out of her contract.

Interim Deputy Superintendent Mary Guinn, on phone, quickly dashed for the elevator saying she had no comment on Pamela Brown's plans to leave.
Interim Deputy Superintendent Mary Guinn, on phone, quickly dashed for the elevator saying she had no comment on Pamela Brown's plans to leave.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

WBFO News also tried to get comment from interim Deputy Schools Superintendent Mary Guinn, but she said she had "I have no comment, thank you" on the matter and headed for an elevator on the eight floor of City Hall outside the Board of Education office.

Guinn was the controversial consultant and then hire of Superintendent Brown.