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Buffalo District hires lawyer for school board president

Barbara Seals Nevergold
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Barbara Seals Nevergold

The Buffalo School Board voted Wednesday evening to hire a lawyer for board president Barbara Seals Nevergold as school board member Carl Paladino seeks to have her removed from the board.

Paladino has been trying for months to get Seals Nevergold out of the president's chair and asked State Education Commissioner John King to remove her.

Now, Paladino added to that by pointing to the board bylaws which appear to said she should have run in May for the board after initially arriving by appointment. 

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Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino

Both issues are now before the education commissioner. The board voted to hire a lawyer for her.

"I would expect that the State Ed would render an opinion pretty quickly because it does have an effect upon the current deliberations of the board," Paladino said.           

"There's rules. They say that from the day I served her she has 20 days to answer and then I have 20 days to give another response and blah blah blah and all that goes on. It's just that you have to follow the legal procedure."

Paladino said that's because if Seals Nevergold isn't supposed to be president that affects everything she has done or voted on since July 1.

Paldino wants the lawyer appointed for the board president to be from some other law firm than Hodgson Russ. The developer argues there is a conflict of interest because the law firm already represents the board in a series of legal matters.

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.