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Keresztes is one of the city schools deputy superintendent candidates

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has learned a current city school district administrator is vying for the deputy superintendent position.   Will Keresztes, who already serves as associate superintendent of Student Support Services, has submitted his application.  He has also served as an interim superintendent prior to Don Ogilivie's appointment.

Keresztes sent WBFO his "entry plan" as part of his application for his scheduled interview for the job.  In that plan, Keresztes states four areas he's prepared to help improve including the district's graduation rate.

Keresztes declined an on-air interview, saying the final process has started.  Ogilvie is expected to make a recommendation to the board next Wednesday.

The following was provided in Keresztes's 'Entry Plan':

"I am prepared to provide Buffalo’s students with specific deliverables in four areas:
1) New Schools
2) Support for Schools
3) Capitalizing on Assets
4) Graduation Rates                                                                                                                                    The actions presented in this plan are necessary to stabilize the District in key areas prior
to the hiring of a permanent superintendent. Inheriting our persistent challenges will
weaken a new superintendent. This Plan provides solutions to avoid that.
Additionally, as a result of accountability measures included in the new state budget, the
actions in my Plan take on an even greater urgency. We cannot afford to guess at what
works. I am prepared to execute actions that end the guesswork.                                                                                                                                                

On the many levels of challenge we currently face, I will break with convention but build
on the diverse strengths of our school district. My Entry Plan positions us to act with a
sense of urgency while providing parents with evidence that Buffalo’s schools are places
where their children will thrive."

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