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Answers! Buffalo school principal changes for 2013-14

A month after my initial request and 1 1/2 weeks into the new school year, the Buffalo school district has finally provided a completed list of the principal changes for this school year. The chart below shows the principal changes for all schools, what the background is of the new principal and what happened to the last one.

Principals have changed at 13 Buffalo public schools, including the former Pinnacle Charter School, which is being annexed by the Buffalo Public School district. Five were principals at different Buffalo schools last year, four were formerly assistant principals who have promoted within the district, and three new principals were recruited from outside the area. 

The principals who have been recruited as school "turnaround specialists" from outside the area include Heather Short-English of Las Vegas, the new principal of Harriet Ross Tubman School 81; John Rivers of Rochester, the new principal of Hamlin Park Elementary School 74; and Terry Ross of Memphis, Tenn., owner of International Institute for Global Academic Proficiency.

Here's the complete listing:

Buffalo principal changes 2013-14

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Denise Jewell Gee

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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 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 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 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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