Buffalo Schools Superintendent Eugene T. Reville today increased the suspense over his future by asking himself during a speech whether he would be taking a job in Little Rock, Ark., and then answering "yes."
"I was joking," Reville said after the speech in Kleinhans Music Hall. "Really."
Reville is rumored to be the leading candidate for the Little Rock superintendent's job. In his speech, he said he should answer some heated questions.
"Am I going to go to Little Rock, Arkansas?" he asked while accepting the Buffalo Teachers Federation Friend of Education award. "Is the school budget a major problem? What about the School Board election? What do I think of Mayor Griffin running for re-election?"
Then Reville rattled off a litany of one-word replies, answering "yes" to the first question.
Reville said he was only kidding when asked about his answer. He said he could not comment further on the Little Rock job. He previously has said he was interested in the superintendent's position but was not sure he'd take the job if it were offered.
Little Rock is looking for a "metropolitan superintendent" to supervise the integration of the city's school district with two suburban districts.
Reville was the third person to receive the BTF's annual award. is future
The first two were Gov. Cuomo and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Reville congratulated the teachers in the audience for belonging to the finest group of teachers in the country. He also reminded the teachers of their unfinished work by quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"We're going to work and fight in Buffalo," he said. "Until justice runs down like water and righteousness runs like a mighty stream."