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Paladino takes aim at board president

It didn't take long for maverick Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino to add board President Barbara Seals Nevergold to his ever-growing list of people he doesn't think deserve to keep their jobs.

Since Paladino has joined the board, Nevergold and other board members have struggled with Paladino's tendency to consume the board agenda and committee meetings with an unending list of questions, his raw interrogation style, and his unflattering characterizations of district employees and officials.

Paladino, meanwhile, has resented attempts by Nevergold and others to contain him, labeling them as enemies of transparency, openness and academic improvement.

He sent out an email blast to his 50,000+ recipients on Sept. 9 demanding Nevergold's resignation for 15 different reasons and threatening to ask the state education commissioner to dismiss her for cause. Nevergold responded with a measured two-page email to Paladino on Sept. 25.  

Then on Monday, Paladino sent another email blast informing Nevergold that he is petitioning Commissioner John King to remove her from office (a rather unlikely occurrence). He reiterated many points made in his Sept. 9 email, but tacked on some new issues, including what he described as Nevergold's willingness to allow "malevolent zealots ... to falsely accuse me of being racist" at the board's Sept. 25 meeting in which Paladino moved to dismiss the superintendent.

Nevergold has said since the Sept. 25 meeting that she's "not perfect" and might have done a few things differently at the last meeting, but she will continue to do her best to maintain a professional relationship with Paladino.

Below is Paladino's original Sept. 9 email. Below that is the response by Nevergold on Sept. 25.

Paladino's memo to Nevergold 9-9-13 by Sandra Tan

Nevergold's memo to Paladino 9-25-13 by Sandra Tan

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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.

@BNschoolzone | stan@buffnews.com


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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