Members of the minority bloc of the Buffalo School Board are now calling for state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to remove Carl Paladino from office after he sent an e-mail demanding James Sampson be replaced as board president.
“Mr. Paladino is clearly intimating and bullying Mr. Sampson...” the four members write in the letter to the commissioner.
In the original e-mail, Paladino also demands that any incoming superintendent hire Principal Kevin Eberle as deputy.
“Despite the shortcoming of knowing zilch about the BPS, its people, problems and institutional history, I’m willing to hear (Kriner) Cash out only because he comes highly recommended and only if he is agreeable to the appointment of Eberle as operating Deputy and an immediate restructuring of the executive staff as guided by the Board majority,” Paladino wrote. “The idea of bringing in a black only to pacify the black minority on the Board is abhorrent to me. If he’s the best person for the job considering the unique problems facing the BPS then I’m good with it.”
Sampson said he has no intention of resigning as president and will continue to vote on every issue in what he feels is the best interest of students.
“We’ve got to stay together,” he said.
Board members are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the search, and from the e-mail it appears they are now looking at Kriner Cash, a former superintendent in Memphis.