Three weeks ago, in anticipation of the start of a new school year, I asked the school district to fill me in on principal changes. The request was very straightforward and had three parts:
Which schools are seeing a change in principals? Who are the new principals and where did they come from? What happened to the last principal?
After repeated requests, and repeated assurances by Darren Brown, the district's chief of talent management, that this information would be provided soon (when I last asked Wednesday he said I'd have it all Thursday), I still don't have it. What I did get emailed to me close to midnight on Thursday is a list of every Buffalo school (including Pinnacle) and the name of every school principal.
As I stated to Darren Brown in my response, he gave me more than I wanted and less than I asked for. This is basic information all parents deserve to know.
So, I've once again reiterated my request for information and, since I have no idea when, if ever, I'm going to get my three-week-old request addressed, I'm going to start hunting through previous personnel reports to answer my own questions. If the district comes through with more information in the meantime, I'll post it.
I do know that three principals are coming to the district from outside the area, and was very interested to see that Kevin Eberle, the former principal at International Prep who was just reassigned this summer to a central office desk job, is now going to serve as the principal of the former Pinnacle Charter School.
When I spoke to Brown on Wednesday, he also informed me that despite an initial list of teacher layoffs previously approved by the board, it now appears that no more than five teachers will wind up jobless by the end of this month. In fact, it's possible that no teachers will be laid off at all as the district continues to fill last-minute vacancies, Brown said.
For whatever it's worth, here's the list of Buffalo public school principals for 2013-14: