Buffalo School Board Looks At Top Administrators Who Are Not State Certified

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BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo School Board tabled a motion Wednesday night to discuss the fate of two high-level administrators on unpaid leave, although the board president said she believes it will come before the board "sooner rather than later."

Some Buffalo School Board members are growing increasingly frustrated with decisions made by Superintendent Pamela Brown regarding the two top administrators who, according to the New York State Education Department, are still currently not certified to be in these positions under state education law. There may be a board vote on their future employment status.

Dr. Yamilette William is the District's leader of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. That means she covers crucial areas like the new common core and testing for the district. And Dr. Faith Alexander, who is regarded as a school turnaround expert, is one of the four school leadership chiefs with some schools under her watch. They have been on leave as per the Superintendent's request, but under state law they cannot continue in those positions, according to some board members like John Licata.

Fellow board member James Sampson says he feels Superintendent Brown bears some responsibility for the hiring of these administrators who are not certified in New York state. But he also faults the two leaders themselves as saying they should have been aware of the state requirements.

Supt. Brown says she was not clear this evening as to whether William and Alexander had the required certification status. But State Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman told 2 On Your Side Wednesday afternoon that neither currently has the proper certification.

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