Thu September 12, 2013
School Board hears calls for greater transparency
The Buffalo Board of Education discussed board member Carl Paladino's quest for more transparency in the way the board operates and how it spends money at its meeting Wednesday night.
The developer again presented a long list of requests for information, most of which were eventually referred to committee.
The topics included the costs of health insurance for retirees and the status and compensation of Mary Guinn , who was once listed as an interim Deputy Superintendent and is now an employee of a consulting firm.
Also sparking debate was school boardPresident Barbara Seals Nevergold's refusal to give Paladino a seat on the agency running the $1.5 billion school reconstruction.
"I sat on that board for two years and it's everything within what Mr. Paladino does for a living and has been very successful with it," said Board Member Jason McCarthy.
"There's no one person who sits at this table who has better experience in dealing with the business of Joint Schools Construction work."
The reconstruction program is winding down, with only one school not finished and in use.
Board members sent to committee a proposal from board member Jim Sampson to have more openness by holding committee and full board meetings in the neighborhoods.
"I really think people want to have these decisions made in meetings held in schools in their neighborhood that they can get to. It's good for the Board and the public to see their beautiful schools."
That proposal went to committee to find out if it would cost to keep schools open for meetings.