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A visual look at Supt. Brown's central office reorganization

As stated in today's story, Buffalo schools superintendent Pamela Brown's central office reorganization is expected to cost about $1.6 million in salaries and benefits for new employees. Brown's contention has been that the reorganization actually saves money because many positions will be grant funded instead of being funded out of the main operating budget. The News and the administration disagree.

However, as a way of highlighting its position, the district created an extremely useful visual document this past week -- a color-coded organizational chart. It's much more detailed and provides much more information than the last one we posted.

Here it is below. Enjoy.

(Note: Here's one small example of our difficulties in analyzing the district's reorganization. The district and The News disagree on how to categorize a third assistant legal counsel position shown on Page 2. The district shows all three assistant legal counsel positions as unchanged positions that cost no additional money. But The News contends that the third legal counsel position, filled by former General Counsel Chris Putrino after he was demoted, had been vacant for years and should be counted as a new position even though the district technically funded but didn't fill the third position for some time.)

Buffalo Public Schools updated organizational chart

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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.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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