BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo School Board voted to buy out the former superintendent during their special session Monday night.
The $229,000 buy out includes a letter of recommendation for Dr. Pamela Brown.
But outspoken Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino has a problem with a glowing recommendation letter for Brown, and argues that though the letter was signed by the board president Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold, she didn’t actually write it.
Paladino said, “Guess who wrote the letter of recommendation? The superintendent and her lawyer wrote it.”
Interim superintendent Will Keresztes was tight-lipped about the letter, telling News 4, “I don’t know anything about that.”
News 4 hasn’t been able to confirm if Paladino’s claims are true.
In the copy of the letter we’ve obtained, it appears from the typed signature the board president speaks of Brown’s expertise and track record of success, including boosting graduation rates by eight percentage points.
Paladino has a problem with the letter but no problem with the money Brown received. The $229,000 is what she would have gotten had she stayed until the end of her contract a year from now, plus $2,000 to consult her replacement over the next two months.
Keresztes, who’s been Buffalo’s chief of student support services for the past seven years, will now serve as interim superintendent until the new majority of the board picks an interim superintendent sometime next month.
“I have nothing but respect for Dr. Brown. I wish her very well, and I really believe there are a lot of successes for her here in Buffalo,” he said.
Brown’s last day was Monday. By accepting the buyout now, she gets a positive letter of recommendation from the current board majority, something she likely would not have received from the new majority coming in July 1st.