Buffalo, NY - On Thursday supporters plan to rally at City Hall for Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown. That rally comes with a call for her resignation still looming.
2 On Your Side canvassed school board members who took part in the school board's Executive Affairs and Finance committee meetings
Board member Carl Paladino, who arrived for the second meeting, told us his motion calling for the dismissal of Brown has been adjourned until next Wednesday. Then he will make a motion. Five votes would be required for such an action.
Then we asked other board members where they stand. Some say they are waiting for next week. Jason McCarthy says: "I'm not putting my vote out there at this point or time. I'm gonna wait until we have a consensus of the board."
James Sampson added "I'm not going to a make a comment about how I'm going to vote until that time comes."
Dr. Thersa Harris-Tiggs says: "l'll share that when it comes up for a vote."
We also spoke to John Licata who says "I have a number of
concerns about the district. And I'm sure they'll be fully vetted at the next board meeting. Reporter: Do you feel that there's five votes there ? Licata: From what I am told, I don't believe there are five votes."
There are some definite supporters of Dr. Brown. Board member Sharon Belton - Cottman says "I'm a supporter of Dr. Brown. I'm a supporter of the children of the city of Buffalo...to make sure that they keep a head on the body. That's where we are."
She is joined by Dr. Barbara Seals-Nevergold "I definitely will vote no on any termination proposal. And yes to keep her in the seat. She's had one year." And Mary Ruth Kapsiak is in agreement "My position is what is the basis for dismissal.
Reporter: And you don't see any grounds there at all ?
Kapsiak: No. No."
And some board members are definitely not pleased about the planned rally in support of the Superintendent. McCarthy says
" I've gotten a lot of responses from people in the community who have voiced their displeasure for the fact they've called this rally in support of the Superintendent. Because it's not their views. And mostly I've getting those responses from principals, teachers." Paladino adds "I don't think it's appropriate that any teachers or principals go to a rally whether they're in support or not in support of the superintendent."
We were not able to reach Florence Johnson who is the ninth board member.