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Remember that $10,000 consulting fee Williams got?

When James A. Williams announced in August that he had decided to retire -- rather than sit back and watch the School Board pursue termination proceedings -- one of the sweeteners in his exit package was a $10,000 consulting fee.

Williams last day(The board also gave him $110,000, the equivalent of six months' pay, and $8,000 in unused vacation time. The vacation time was written into his contract. The six month's pay was, under the terms of his contract, owed to him only if he was terminated. Seeing as he retired, the board was under no obligation to give him the $110,000.)

At any rate, that $10,000 bought the district the right to keep Williams on speed dial -- to smooth the leadership transition.

The board paid Williams the consulting fee up front, regardless of how often district officials decided to consult with him.

Well, how many times has Amber Dixon dialed Williams' number since she took over in September?

None.

- Mary Pasciak

facebook.com/mary.pasciak     twitter.com/SchoolZoneBlog    mpasciak@buffnews.com

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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

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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.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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