The board this weekend interviewed four consultants interested in finding Buffalo's next superintendent.
Two noteworthy developments arose from that meeting.
First, two of the firms -- PROACT Search and Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (both out of Illinois) -- interviewed remotely, via Skype, I'm told. (I wasn't able to be there, unfortunately, but have talked to some of the people who were.)
I can remember more than one board meeting in the past couple of years when someone suggested that a board member or someone else in another city join the proceedings via Skype -- only to be told that the district's technical crew couldn't make that happen.
That news, of course, always spurred a flurry of outraged emails into my inbox, with readers offering up their own services or that of their teenage kids to help the district get a Skype connection set up.
Well, no more, it seems.
Now that the precedent has been set, it seems that the board will never again be able to rule out giving full access to a meeting to folks who are out of town.
So that's the first major news item out of Saturday's board meeting.
The second: the board, by consensus, narrowed the list of search firms to two: Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, and Say Yes to Education in collaboration with Cascade Consulting.
Which of those firms will get the contract?
More on this in the next couple of days.
- Mary Pasciak