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Williams resigns

By Eileen Buckley

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wbfo/local-wbfo-982348.mp3

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. James Williams is resigning. The Buffalo Board of Education met in special session Wednesday afternoon approving the superintendent's resignation.

Williams met in executive session with the board as it continued a termination process. But when the board emerged, they voted 7 to 2 in favor of accepting his resignation.

School Board president Louis Petrucci said the vote changed the no-fault process.

"It protects both parties. It's better for both parities as always to engage in this type of negotiated settlement as opposed as to going and exercising the no-fault clause," said Petrucci.

Williams talked with reporters for about a half-hour following the announcement. He was asked why he opted to submit his resignation.

"I'm leaving with dignity. I'm leaving with happiness. I'm leaving with a resume that I think will stand up against anyone whoever sat in this seat in Buffalo," said Williams.

Details of the terms in Williams' deal were not revealed. But it still needs to be approved by the Buffalo control board.

Williams will remain on the job through the opening of the school year. His last day is September 15.

An interim leader will be selected by the school board at a meeting Wednesday, August 24th.

You can click on the above audio to listen to Dr. Williams hold a news conference with reporters following his resignation.