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Living with the silent treatment

Wednesday night's board meeting was a night of disappointments.

We wrote a story about how the Buffalo school board has released no public information regarding the superintendent's evaluation. Based on my conversation with the district's lawyer Wednesday night, it's my hope that The News will receive that information soon (though we've submitted a Freedom of Information Law request just in case).

Meanwhile, Superintendent Pamela Brown was also expected to announce her reorganization plans for the district's central office administration Wednesday night as well, but she did not. Instead, she stated to me after the school board meeting that she would share details of her reorganization plans on Thursday or Friday.

Now that's not happening either.

The latest is that we may learn something Monday even though Brown shared that information with board members days ago and the rumor mill is running rampant.

The reorganization was the subject of a seven-slide PowerPoint presentation delivered in March. A deputy superintendent was supposed to be named in May, and the full reorganization -- in reality, a downsizing of the central administration -- was supposed to be announced by today, the end June.

Brown has touted the reorganization as a way to "provide outstanding supports to schools" and also "identify cost savings" for the district. The unofficial word is that roughly half a dozen administrative positions may be eliminated, changed or replaced.

Of course, the best person to put the rumors to rest is the superintendent herself. We hope we can count on her in the future to keep her commitments to the press and the public.

All in all, Monday may be a very full news day. The school board is also set to have it's annual reorganization meeting on Monday, swear in three new board members and name its officers. Barring any technical disasters, I expect to live blog that meeting, so check back here to see it!

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