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Letter: Why couldn’t we find local superintendent?

Why couldn’t we find local superintendent?

The billboards promoting Canalside could not be better: “Our City, Our Waterfront.” In a glance, those words instill a feeling of pride and ownership for the remarkable changes taking place in our city.

Unfortunately, a slogan to promote our new Buffalo Public Schools superintendent could not be as inspirational. “Our Schools, Someone Else’s Leader” would have to be the wordage drafted for such a promotion.

The appointment of Kriner Cash as superintendent is a slap in the face to the educational community of Western New York.

There are several outstanding universities in our state that offer doctorate in education programs, including D’Youville, SUNY Albany and Buffalo, St. John Fisher and the University of Rochester. These institutions have accredited numbers of graduates from right here in Western New York. Many of these prospective candidates both attended Buffalo schools and continue to be employed within the system. Surely, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and the School Board could have found a superintendent with roots closer to Buffalo than 900 miles.

John Reville

Kenmore