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Living with the silent treatment

Wednesday night's board meeting was a night of disappointments.

We wrote a story about how the Buffalo school board has released no public information regarding the superintendent's evaluation. Based on my conversation with the district's lawyer Wednesday night, it's my hope that The News will receive that information soon (though we've submitted a Freedom of Information Law request just in case).

Meanwhile, Superintendent Pamela Brown was also expected to announce her reorganization plans for the district's central office administration Wednesday night as well, but she did not. Instead, she stated to me after the school board meeting that she would share details of her reorganization plans on Thursday or Friday.

Now that's not happening either.

The latest is that we may learn something Monday even though Brown shared that information with board members days ago and the rumor mill is running rampant.

The reorganization was the subject of a seven-slide PowerPoint presentation delivered in March. A deputy superintendent was supposed to be named in May, and the full reorganization -- in reality, a downsizing of the central administration -- was supposed to be announced by today, the end June.

Brown has touted the reorganization as a way to "provide outstanding supports to schools" and also "identify cost savings" for the district. The unofficial word is that roughly half a dozen administrative positions may be eliminated, changed or replaced.

Of course, the best person to put the rumors to rest is the superintendent herself. We hope we can count on her in the future to keep her commitments to the press and the public.

All in all, Monday may be a very full news day. The school board is also set to have it's annual reorganization meeting on Monday, swear in three new board members and name its officers. Barring any technical disasters, I expect to live blog that meeting, so check back here to see it!

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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

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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