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Clock ticking toward future of James Williams

Buffalo Schools superintendent James Williams
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Buffalo Schools superintendent James Williams

By Eileen Buckley


Buffalo, NY – The possible termination of Buffalo Schools superintendent James Williams will be revisited late Friday afternoon.

The Buffalo Board of Education returns to City Hall for another special session.

The School board voted Tuesday to begin to terminate the superintendent's contract with the District.

Friday at 4'o'clock board members return for the second phase of this process. School Board member Chris Jacobs said it's would a chance for Williams to meet with the board.

"The next stage is the superintendent has the right to meet with the board in private to discuss this separation agreement. After we have that meeting, we have given him his day in court," said Jacobs.

After the meeting, the Board could vote to finalize the process. But that's if Williams makes an appearance. Under the advice of his attorney, Williams did not attend Tuesday's meeting. And word is Williams is on vacation and is not expected to appear at today's session.

School Board President Louis Petrucci tells WBFO News the board's confidence in Williams has gradually deteriorated.

"I believe there has been a lot of issues and I can't speak for other board members. There's been issues in terms of decisions of leadership in the schools. At this point in time, Dr. Williams is not up to the challenge moving forward," said Petrucci.

The public will also have a chance to weigh in on the possible removal of Williams.

Friday's meeting will include a public hearing. Once the board reaches a final vote on termination, then they would name an interim leader and Petrucci believes that person will be selected from within, since the new school year is weeks away.