Buffalo schools’ lost savings blamed on administrators’ job protections

Monday, October 14, 2013

School Board members and some elected officials exerted pressure on Superintendent Pamela C. Brown not to let go of administrators who would have lost their jobs under the reorganization plan that Brown developed with a consulting firm, according to past and present School Board members, as well as the head of the consulting firm. Union contracts and community feedback also presented obstacles, they said.

“Dr. Brown has to work within the constraints of real personalities, real people, real contracts, and real political pressure that she needs to navigate on a daily basis,” said Scott Joftus, whose consulting firm, Cross & Joftus, designed the reorganization.

Brown said she and the consultants received feedback from board members, staff, community leaders and parents, but that was by design because the reorganization was supposed to incorporate their input.

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