School board candidates speak before crucial election

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – There’s been a lot of contention on the school board this year, but in less than two weeks, everything could change.There are 15 candidates running for just three open at large seats in the May 6th election.

Tuesday night people in Buffalo heard directly from the candidates battling for the open spots.

The district held a forum at Southside Elementary. Another public forum is set for Thursday night at the Frank Merriweather Library on Jefferson Avenue.

The candidates spoke about a number of issues including an administrative overhaul, and concerns about how the district operates. Organizers say this is a crucial election.

Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke said, “I look at this as the most important school board election in a very, very long time.  And I want to find out, some of these folks are going to affect the quality of our schools for a long time.  And that’s going to affect our kids.  It’s going to affect our city, our county.”

The Buffalo NAACP will host a candidates forum at the Merriweather Library on Jefferson Avenue. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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