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Paladino's latest effort to remove the school board president

Board member Carl Paladino's beef with Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold is well known. He routinely sends out mass emails criticizing her leadership and has repeatedly submitted motions calling for her removal as board president. The fact that no other member of the board sides with him in his endeavor to have the board leader removed has not deterred him.

His latest legal effort to unseat Nevergold, however, appears rather serious. It is his second petition to State Education Commissioner John King to have Nevergold removed from office and refers to a board policy that seems to indicate that Nevergold, an appointee, was required to run for election in May of this year but didn't.

We last wrote about the tension between Paladino and Nevergold in early October. Paladino's gloves-off approach regarding her presidency sometimes puts the even-tempered Nevergold at a disadvantage, especially when Paladino has no problem talking over her objections.

On Wednesday, Nevergold said after the board meeting that Paladino was a bully who was resorting to cyberbullying and now legal means to take his bullying to "a new level." But Paladino's latest petition may present real trouble for Nevergold if his assertions regarding board policy prove to be true.

Below is his petition to Commissioner King.

-- Sandra Tan

Paladino Petition to remove Nevergold

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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.

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