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Paladino assails school board's "secret" process

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Former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino wants to stall the appointment of Pamela Brown as Buffalo schools superintendent.

Paladino is due in State Supreme Court tomorrow in his fight to open up the closed-door executive sessions used to select the new superintendent.

The board is still holding closed meetings to talk about details of the proposed pact, with lawyers from both sides bargaining the contract under which Brown would work, from pay to evaluation provisions.

The school board is slated to approve Brown's contract at a late-afternoon meeting tomorrow.

Paladino is seeking an injunction against the approval.

"Pamela Brown may well be an acceptable person to be the superintendent of schools in Buffalo," Paladino offered. 

"But it's the process that they went about, the process that they followed that was defective. You cannot continue to do these things in secret. What do you think is going on?"

Paladino says the public should have more choice in selecting the head for what he says is a dysfunctional school system, with terrible academic results.

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.