Focus on Education
10:44 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Two city school administrators placed on leave could return as interns

WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports on review of the administrators placed on leave as part of our ongoing Focus on Education reporting.

Talk has surfaced that the two high-level Buffalo Public School District administrators placed on leave might be allowed to stay on as interns.  Last week the schools superintendent placed Yamilette Williams and Faith Morrison-Alexander on unpaid leave.

Neither Williams or Morrison-Alexander have the proper state certification for their jobs.   The topic was discussed during a lengthy closed door executive session of the Buffalo School Board Wednesday evening. Buffalo School Board president Barbara Seals-Nevergold says the issue is under review and both remain on unpaid, administrative leave.

“I think there’s a lot more information we need as to how that could happen before I make a decision," said Seals-Nevergold.

School board member Carl Paladino learned there might be a plan in the works to keep them as interns as they gain their certification. But Paladino insist both should be fired.

"You have to have firm experience, educated leadership that know what they’re doing.  They don't have it with these people. They brought them in because they were all seeking to feed at the public trough in the Buffalo School system," said Paladino.

Both were hired by Schools superintendent  Pamela Brown.   And according to Paladino -- the list of those without proper credentials is growing -- all hired by the superintendent.  He said it includes Bennett High School principal Terry Ross, who didn't receive his certification as a school building leader until February first,  but was hired last summer.

Paladino told WBFO News Tuesday he also discovered that the superintendent of the Education Partnership Organization (EPO), which is working to turn around East and Lafayette High Schools, lacks needed certification.

"Bringing out-of-towners in for no reason other than they are friends and family of this Mary Guinn that were brought in to prop up a bad superintendent.

But Seals Nevergold indicated the issue was tabled and will be reviewed at a future session. "We are going to move expeditiously to resolve this issue, so hopefully within the next week or so it will all be resolved," noted Seals-Nevergold.

The two administrators were earning in the $130,000 range.