BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Pamela Brown, the former superintendent of Buffalo schools who was a lightning rod for controversy, has landed a new job in California.
In a posting on their website, the Fontana Unified School District announced Brown has been hired as Chief of Schools. The district touted Brown as a “bilingual educator, a cross-cultural specialist and an administrator” and her experience with “serving districts and communities facing economic challenges.”
Brown left her position in the Buffalo Public Schools in June after taking a buyout for the last year of her contract worth $230,000. As part of the deal, she was given a letter of recommendation from the school board president that noted her expertise and track record of success boosting graduation rates by eight percentage points.
Brown had announced her intentions to leave the district in May, blaming “recent, persistent and baseless allegations” regarding her credibility as superintendent. She had worked for Buffalo schools since July 2012.
As superintendent, she repeatedly came under fire from Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, both when he was a member of the school board and before his tenure. But Brown also was criticized by State Education Commissioner John King for her inability to put together a comprehensive plan on how to handle failing schools.
Brown was also the center of several controversies, including the hiring of Mary Guinn, a consultant with Cross and Joftus whose contract was terminated only to be re-hired by Brown as interim deputy superintendent, and for hiring two high ranking administrators despite the fact they lacked the proper state certification.