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No names, but a number

The School Board will not release the names of the candidates for the at-large seat, but will release the number.

As of Thursday afternoon, the district had heard from 10 people interested in the seat, according to chief of staff Jim Kane. It's not clear how many of those people submitted full applications -- meaning a letter of interest, resume and three letters of reference -- or how many meet the eligibility requirements (resident of Buffalo for three years, no felony convictions, etc.).

Full applications must be received (not postmarked) by 4 p.m. today. (Here are the details.)

It will be interesting to see how many applications the board receives. Some board members had argued against opening up the process to the entire city, saying there would be too many applicants for it to be feasible to interview all of them. Will that prove to be the case? Public interviews are scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday. If necessary, Thursday will be added as a second interview day.

Board President Lou Petrucci, who says he is one of those interested in the seat, says the board will wait until all the eligibility of all candidates have been verified before releasing the list of names.

- Mary Pasciak

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