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School district transparency: Still work to do

Getting information from the Buffalo school district is often a struggle. But there are a few specific things worth updating the public on.

1. Sampson's transparency resolution

Virtually lost amid the controversy of last Wednesday's board meeting was a resolution by board member Jim Sampson to move school board meetings out into the community. I got a few of the details wrong in the story we published Thursday (since corrected) but here's the upshot of his transparency resolution:

Starting with the board's next meeting on Oct. 9, the first Buffalo school board meeting of every month will be held in a district public school instead of the cramped board chambers at City Hall. The school that's chosen (some have suggested the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts) would need to have adequate seating and parking, and be "easily accessible" (which I assume means along a public transportation route and handicapped accessible). The second board meeting of the month will still be held in City Hall.

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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

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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

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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

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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