We already knew that Pamela Brown had applied to become superintendent in Youngstown, Ohio, and Joliet, Ill., in the past couple of years -- each district one-fourth to one-third the size of Buffalo.
In both cases, she was a finalist but didn't get the job.
Well, add one more to the list of jobs Brown vied for but didn't get: superintendent in West Bloomfield, Mich.
A month ago, Brown was identified as one of four finalists in that town, which is about a half-hour from Detroit. West Bloomfield, with 6,600 students, is almost as big as West Seneca, and about the same size as the other districts where Brown had been a finalist.
Instead of Brown, the West Bloomfield board picked Gerald Hill, a superintendent in Glenview, Ill.
At a public Board meeting, all candidates fielded questions from the Board that ranged from their relationships with school board members to how each approaches serious budget and educational issues. Dr. Hill stated to the board that he sees himself as Superintendent in West Bloomfield for at least the next ten years.
Following the final interview on Saturday, the Board discussed all four candidates, and unanimously decided to offer the position to Dr. Gerald Hill. Facilitated by Ray and Associates, the search firm hired by the district, a phone call was placed immediately to make the offer to Dr. Hill who accepted the position. President Tobin stated that the acceptance is subject to negotiation of mutually acceptable terms.
Immediately following the meeting at the ACS and receiving the acceptance from Dr. Hill, Tobin stated, "We've interviewed four excellent candidates, any of whom would have served us well. Dr. Hill had, by far, the most experience as superintendent, along with consistency, stability, and work in a community similar to ours."
- Mary Pasciak