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Search continues for permanent schools superintendent

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Elizabeth Williams was among the few to attend Thursday's public meeting.


The hunt for a permanent Buffalo schools superintendent is bubbling along below the surface, with one of the people in charge of putting some guidance before the board saying last night's meeting in Southside Elementary was the 43rd meeting, some even with students.

After some packed meetings earlier, this sixth public meeting was thinly attended.

Bennett High junior Ryan Montgomery was there to push for the permanent choice of Interim Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon, saying she's doing well.

Montgomery says the district needs to do much more to improve and expand the vocational programs.

"I know the suburban school districts have BOCES, vocational education. I don't know why we don't have that. I think a lot of city kids could benefit from it. Not everybody is meant for college," Montgomery said.

Buffalo is one of the cities across the state barred from the BOCES programs although that's an issue which has surfaced before in the escalating search for a superintendent.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.