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Date of election: Tuesday, May 7
The election: 13 candidates for 6 available openings
Term: 3 years
Note: This year's elections are solely by subdistrict; the three at-large spots on the nine-member board (5-year terms) come up for election in 2014

The articles

April 10 preview: Voters to decide future of city schools in ‘pivotal’ elections for 6 board seats
April 14: 3 weeks before vote for School Board, blocs assert power
April 15: First financial disclosure statements showing donations
April 19: East District school board member falls short of needed signatures
April 23: School board candidates, donors skirt finance disclosure law
April 24: Hernandez, Mascia, knocked off the ballot
April 25:
Paladino effect on school board races seen in mailers
April 27: Much rests on school board race
May 1: Judge keeps Hernandez off School Board ballot
May 3: Mailers may be new low for school election
May 5: Much is riding on Buffalo school board vote
May 6: Illegal mailers muddle elections for school posts
May 7: Confusion aside, today is day to put schools first

Coming up

  • School Board election results

The candidates (by subdistrict)

Central | East | Ferry | North | Park | West

Central (2):
Mary Ruth Kapsiak (i)
Byron J. McIntyre

East (2):
Theresa A. Harris-Tigg
Rosalyn L. Taylor (write-in) (i)

 Ferry (2):
Sharon Belton-Cottman (i)
Kinzer M. Pointer (write-in)

North (3):
Susan Gillick
Jason M. McCarthy (i)
Wendy Mistretta

Park (2):
Adrian Fitzgerald Harris
Carl P. Paladino

West (2):
Ralph R. Hernandez (write-in) (i)
James M. Sampson


Map of subdistricts


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Live blog from candidates' forum (April 18)

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About School Zone

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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