At final meeting of Buffalo School Board, members change MLK plan

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The outgoing school board in Buffalo made its mark during its final meeting, Wednesday night.

Members did a complete 180 on controversial plans for MLK Elementary. Just a few weeks ago, the board voted to close the school and re-open it as a Medical Campus High School.

Instead, they’ll now wait a year, and the new board will re-examine the plans.

Interim Superintendent Will Keresztes said, “Regardless of all the turmoil that got us to this point, we have an obligation to those students. And since we’re unable to send them to schools that are in good standing, we have no choice but to keep them in this school if they want to stay there.”

The new board, including Larry Quinn and Patty Pierce, will be seated on July 1.

This was the first meeting since the board voted 7-2 to buy out the last year of Dr. Pamela Brown’s contract, totaling about $230,000, which is about what she would have received if she had stayed until the end of her contract plus $2,000 to consult her replacement over the next two months. 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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