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Busy week ahead for Buffalo schools

A quick update to set the stage for what is likely to be a very busy week in the Buffalo schools:

As you probably know, the Buffalo Board of Education this week is starting its evaluation of Superintendent James Williams -- something that may trigger his ouster.

If that does come to pass, the board also will find itself grappling with the question of how to fill the superintendent's position.

Meanwhile, the business of the district marches on.

This Friday is the deadline for people to submit letters of interest to fill the Ferry District seat, about to be vacated by Pamela Cahill as she considers a run for the Common Council.

Friday is also the deadline for requests for proposals from educational partnership organizations that may be interested in helping to run one of four low-achieving schools in the district, Williams told me. Proposals for the other three will be due on May 20.

That's a pretty tight deadline, especially when it's unclear whether the district will even get enough groups to step forward to submit proposals.

I had planned to host a live chat on the topic today, but district administrators were not available at the time we had targeted for the live chat, and my schedule also took a different turn today. I am going to work on setting up such a chat for later in the week. Stay tuned for details, and start compiling your questions about how the EPO school turnaround model will work.

Update: The requests for proposals for four schools (BEST, Futures Academy, Drew Science Magnet and Bilingual Center School 33) now list a due date of May 31. You can download the full text of each of them at http://buffaloschools.org/PurchaseDept.cfm?subpage=3566.

- Mary Pasciak

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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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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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