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.