Uncertified school administrators on unpaid leave

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown addressed on Saturday why two school administrators were hired without having the proper state certification.

“We have released all of the information that we have at this point and time with regard to that. As you know there are two administrators who are on unpaid leave status. By law that is an action we have had to take,” said Dr. Brown.

However Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino said the administrators are already out of a job.

“The nullification clause says the contract was never a contract because they lied in the inception of the contract. They lied in saying that they had the proper district certification,” said Paladino.

The State Education Department has confirmed that Dr. Faith Morrison Alexander and Dr. Yamilette Williams are not district level certified; but they have credentials to serve as principals.

A spokesman for the state said Williams hasn’t completed her district leader application and Morrison Alexander hasn’t applied for it. As a result they’re on administrative unpaid leave.

School Board President Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold said the situation is being reviewed.

“Ultimately the buck stops with the superintendent because she is the boss and that’s what happens,” said Dr. Nevergold. “In a big organization like this you have chiefs and directors in departments upon whom you rely to know their job and to do their job. Who are specialists. She’s not a specialist in this.”

Dr. Morrison Alexander and Dr. Williams were hired last summer as part of the superintendent’s central office reorganization.

News 4 has also learned that earlier this month the district paid close to $13,000 for both administrators to attend a BOCES sponsored program in New York City for a Superintendent Development program.

Nevergold said that during the next school board meeting on Wednesday, members plan to address whether the administrators contracts will be canceled or not.

“By Wednesday we will have I think enough information to make a decision one way or the other,” said Nevergold.

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