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A final parting gift

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but their absence is even more telling.

At least when it comes to the hallways of the Buffalo school district offices.

Visitors to the district’s City Hall headquarters likely noticed what amounted to a museum of sorts showcasing former Superintendent Pamela C. Brown.

Brown sitting at a student’s desk in a classroom. Brown at a groundbreaking. Brown with state education commissioner John King.

It’s not unusual for districts to have a picture of their leader displayed somewhere. But Brown seemed to appear in an inordinate number.

Until this week.

Barely a week after she negotiated her buyout agreement with the school board, all that’s left are noticeably barren spots on the walls and the anchors that hung the photos.

Brown apparently asked if she could take the photos – each of them several feet wide – with her.

Figuring that, well, they didn’t need them anymore the district allowed her to take them with her.

- Tiffany Lankes

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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.

@denisejewellgee | djgee@buffnews.com


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.

@TiffanyLankes | tlankes@buffnews.com


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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