Focus on Education
5:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Education professor offers expertise on superintendents & school boards

Results of the Buffalo School Board election point to a potential shift in power and end to a racial divide. Many in the community are speculating that it could mean the ouster of city schools Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with an associate professor of education at Daemen College as part of our Focus on Education reporting.  Dr. Bruce Shields has studied in the area of school superintendents and school board relationships and lends his expertise. 

Buffalo Board of Education meeting at City Hall.
Buffalo Board of Education meeting at City Hall.
Credit WBFO News file photo

"Regardless of what happen with the election, what needs to happen now is the board has to have some stability," said Professor Shields.

Professor Shields said he wasn't surprised by the outcome of the school board race because the community has been calling for change.

"I'm not surprised," said Shields.

In Shield's educational expertise, he noted superintendent will make "mistakes" and the board will need to "sink their teeth" into that issue in deciding if Superintendent Brown stays or goes.

"The wolves are certainly at the door," noted Shields. "Until they (board) get together and figure out what direction they want to go in, the canoe is going to keep spinning."