BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Schools new interim deputy superintendent is on the job in City Hall. Dr. Mary Guinn was introduced again to the media Tuesday at the superintendent's weekly press conference.
Last week when the Buffalo School Board voted at the end of a meeting to hire Dr. Guinn, there was talk of a lack of transparency. Some board members say they were unaware that the position was going to be brought up and voted on. Today, Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown addressed the issue, telling reporters, " I certainly regret any misinterpretation that might have overshadowed this hiring, it was not my intent to withhold information from the board."
Dr. Guinn told reporters, "I'm glad to be back." She will oversee leadership development, the budget and summer school preparations. She will serve a little more than 90-days. She is confident she can get the work needed done during that time frame. "I don't necessarily come into districts anywhere to stay for a lifetime. I come in to work with systems, prepare the staff so the work continues long after whoever is in the leadership position."
She called the work required to turn around performance of children in Buffalo as "massive."
Superintendent Brown is pleased to have Dr. Guinn on staff, "this gives me more time to share my vision for a world class education for every child."
2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing asked Dr. Guinn if she is ready to deal with the politics of the Buffalo School Board and negative chatter about her arrival. The interim superintendent said "I'll be doing the job. That's why I was brought here. To do the work."
Dr. Guinn addressed her role in the search for a permanent deputy superintendent when she worked in Buffalo last year. She said it was done in partnership with HealthNow. "Part of my major responsibility was to help identify a permanent deputy superintendent."
The company sent a statement to 2 On Your Side, "Our intent was to help the community by supporting this request to identify candidates beyond the local positing. Our HR professionals supported this work at no cost to the District. We are committed to the City of Buffalo, always willing to assist, and remain vested in Buffalo's education system and the families and children served."