Tonight's regular Buffalo School Board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Waterfront Elementary School and it appears the board will have much to discuss. Check back later tonight for the live blog.
Board member Carl Paladino said he wants to publicly discuss the resignation of administrator Debra Sykes, which The News has written about each of the last two days. The board typically meets in closed session to discuss such matters, so it will be interesting to see whether he has any success getting the board to openly discuss any aspect of her resignation.
Sykes said Tuesday that she has had an opportunity to retire from the district three years ago and thought about it again last summer. She passed up those opportunities, she said, because after years of working directly with tough kids in troubled schools, she thought she could spend the next few years doing greater good for students in her current administrative position.
"Ha, ha," she said.
Paladino and others who have spoken with Sykes said they believe she was targeted by Brown because Sykes filed a harassment complaint against controversial consultant Mary Guinn months ago, and recently asked a human resources administrator why it wasn’t being addressed.
Sykes, who is expected to take legal action against the district, said she had no comment to make regarding the matter Tuesday. She will continue in her current position until the end of the month.
Meahwhile, Paladino reiterated his belief that Sykes’ removal is “just another event in the effort to get rid of all the white people” in the school district administration.
-- Sandra Tan