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Where in the world is Vivian Evans?

Ever since Vivian O. Evans made public the fact that she'd taken a job in Maryland -- but intended to keep her seat as the East District representative on the Buffalo Board of Education -- her whereabouts every two weeks for board meetings, and for committee meetings on opposite weeks, has become the subject of much speculation.

Vivian Evans As Wednesday evening each week draws near, the musings begin: Will she show up? Won't she show up?

Immediately after it became known that Evans was working in Maryland, she missed a number of board and committee meetings.

Then, two weeks ago, she surprised some people when she turned up at the board meeting -- 30 minutes late -- moments after the board had gone into executive session to decide whether to declare her seat vacant. (After a heated executive session, Board President Ralph R. Hernandez said the board decided to let the matter drop.)

The following week, Evans did not show up for the committee meeting that Wednesday.

This weekend, she did attend the board's retreat on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

On Monday, State Education Commissioner David M. Steiner and two of his top people flew in from Albany to meet with the board. Evans was not there.

Two days later, at Wednesday's regular Board of Ed meeting, Evans did show up -- 45 minutes late.

Bottom line: Evans' attendance in the past two weeks: present and punctual, 1; present but late, 2; absent, 2.

-- Mary Pasciak

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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