BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Three seats are up for grabs in the Buffalo School Board elections, and 13 candidates are vying for one of the five-year positions.
The elections could eventually determine the fate of Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown.
Brown kept her job last fall on a 5-4 board vote. Of the 13 candidates, only five of them have gone on record saying they support Brown. The future of her employment was a pivital issue for many voters, many of whom see the election as a referendum on Brown.
“I support the superintendent. I believe she was brought into a snake pit,” James Davis said.
“And I think she should have more time. At least another year or so,” Sarah Thompson said.
“I want her out,” Matthew Nychao said.
“She should be gone. And I understand those two women who were terminated are now suing for three million dollars. How do you go get a job that you’re not qualified for, they find out you’re not certified, they fire you, and now you can sue them for three million dollars? For what?” Kathy Farmer said.
The hiring and firing of school administrators Yamilette Williams and Faith Morrison Alexander because of improper credentials is an issue that raises a lot of emotion among voters casting ballots. Another big issue for voters is the Common Core.
“It’s disgusting. Because if you went house to house, you’d find that nobody wants this new program. Nobody,” Farmer said.
The three candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected. But many people cast a vote just for their favorite one or two candidates. The open spots are at-large, meaning voters from all districts have a chance to change the direction of the school board.
The newly elected members will take office July 1. The polls close at 9 p.m. Tuesday.