The Buffalo School District has hired 150 teachers in the last week and expects to have all vacancies filled when school starts Wednesday.
"I would say we're well under way," said Mary Glatt-Banks, the district's assistant superintendent for human resources. "From all indications I have, things are moving along."
The district expected to fill as many as 200 vacancies, but the final number was not available Thursday. It is known that many of Buffalo's new teachers are New York State residents, and a "good number" were already in the system as substitutes or temporary teachers, Mrs. Glatt-Banks said.
Philip Rumore, president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, took a moderate view of the many delays and other problems that plagued the teacher-selection process.
"These are circumstances that to a large extent were unanticipated," Rumore said. "The bottom line is, it's done. We'll get it done. It's not like we have a choice. Those kids will be in the classrooms, and we will be ready."
So will the principals, said Anthony R. Palano, president of the Buffalo Council of Supervisors and Administrators.
"They're in place," Palano said. "They should be well prepared in terms of opening the buildings."
The Board of Education will address one final glitch in the selection process when it votes Wednesday for the second time to approve a hiring list for the upcoming school year.
The board approved a list Aug. 25, only to subsequently learn that district officials discovered a minor miscalculation in the formula used to figure ranking scores. A corrected list was prepared before any hiring took place, and the corrected list is the only one that has been used, said Joseph Sperrazza, the district's supervisor of instructional employment and affirmative action.
The correction did not produce a significant change between the two lists, Sperrazza said.
Many teachers who have already been hired spent Wednesday and Thursday participating in a voluntary orientation. Today (Friday), some will venture into their assigned schools to begin setting up their classrooms.