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Lengthy school board meeting, Paladino's first, called 'civil'

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

After hours of a Buffalo school board meeting last night, Pamela Brown is still schools superintendent and Carl Paladino made his presence known.The meeting ran on for hours because there were more than 30 speakers in the public comment period and then Paladino was given enough time to propose all of his resolutions. Many drew sharp comment and most went to committee. While some expected a circus, the session was described as "civil."

Paladino had pledged an attempt to remove the superintendent during the closed executive session. When that meeting ended, President Barbara Nevergold said an unnamed board employee was still a board employee.

Paladino would say only that questions sent to Brown are important in his future plans.

"They went just as I expected. Everybody talked civilly and we were successful in getting our issues and our agenda on the table and I'm very happy about that. We will be coming out with the next level of issues and agendas and we will getting into a lot of these questions," Paladino says.

While those questions deal with specifics of how the school system is doing and where the money is going, the school board's situation became more complicated just before the meeting started.

Brown was notified by State Education Commissioner John King that many students from academically failing East and Lafayette High Schools will be sent to the suburban BOCES program. She says it's too early to have any details.

Most public speakers at the session protested proposed cuts to the district's music programs. Paladino says those music cuts will be reversed.

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.
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