Efforts underway to keep two BPS admins who lack credentials

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Efforts are now underway by the Buffalo Public School District to get two administrators on unpaid leave the proper credentials they require to return to their jobs.

Buffalo School Board President Dr. Barbara Seals-Nevergold says Yamilette Williams and Dr. Faith Morrison Alexander have been enrolled on SUNY Oswego and took a course this past Saturday required by New York State.

A source tells News 4 the district HR director has been asking the state to approve to give the women “intern” certification as part of their enrollment at SUNY Oswego.

According to the Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown, both women are qualified for their positions, they simply lack the proper credentials in New York State. The state Department of Education does not automatically accept credentials from other states.

“These are two of our administrators who work with our district over the last several months. They’ve made a tremendous contribution to the work that has to be done. I know that they’re very interested in making sure that they have the right certification. They have been in communication with the State Education Department, but we have not received final determination in regard to that,” Supt. Brown said.

Both Williams and Alexander were hired during a reorganization of the Central Office, which the Buffalo News reports was spearheaded by then-newly hired Dr. Mary Guinn. The newspaper says both women previously worked with Guinn at a consulting firm.

The board went into executive session Wednesday night, likely discussing what action to take with these two administrators.

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