BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Dr. Mary Guinn’s contract was terminated by the Buffalo School Board months ago when some board members were disappointed with her performance. But now, she has returned as the district’s second-in-command.
Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown argued, “She is knowledgeable about the vision that I have for this district.”
Guinn left Buffalo in October after some school board members said she had overstepped her boundaries as a consultant. The consulting contract for the company she worked for was terminated, but Guinn has now been hired to fill the role of Interim Deputy Superintendent.
“We need someone with Dr. Guinn’s great leadership ability and experience,” Dr. Brown contended.
Guinn’s three month contract would include running the day-to-day operations of the district, but her biggest critics say she alienated too many people in the past.
Board member Carl Paladino said, “Disciplining people, admonishing people, and in a very scornful and demoralizing way.”
But Dr. Brown defended her decision to bring Guinn back.
“I am the person who is being held accountable for the district as a whole, and I would like to think that I have the support, and certainly a majority of the board’s support in making these kinds of decisions,” she said.
While Dr. Brown says she has made strides in boosting the enrollment and graduation rate, Mayor Byron Brown tells News 4 there is still great frustration in the community, and that he would be willing to play a greater role in shaping policy, if he has community support.
“If the community strongly said we think based on all the issues and frustrations and concerns that we have in the operation of the school district, we’d like to see the mayor larger management role in that, I would certainly honor the wishes of the community and move in that direction,” Mayor Brown said.
A mayoral takeover would mean replacing all the school board members with his own appointees. News 4 asked Mayor Brown if he would replace the superintendent, and he responded coyly “not necessarily.”