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Buffalo School Board falls short of reorganizing

The Buffalo School Board had planned to elect new officers at its reorganization meeting Wednesday but a lack of majority votes for any one candidate resulted in the same people staying in the same positions – for now.

The board has nine members, but the absence of Mary Ruth Kapsiak to an ailment and Carl Paladino, who was out-of-town, meant that none of the nominees could muster up the five votes needed to win during Wednesday’s meeting. That left James Sampson still as president, Theresa Harris-Tigg as vice president of student achievement and Jay McCarthy as vice president for executive affairs.

Wednesday’s meeting began with Larry Quinn’s failed motion to extend terms unilaterally for the existing officers for another year.

Then when the board decided to vote for each office individually instead of collectively, Sampson - who was unchallenged - did not vote for himself because he wanted all three officers to be retained as per Quinn’s failed motion.

Barbara Seals Nevergold then was nominated to run against McCarthy, but neither captured a five-vote majority to win. For the same reason, neither McCarthy nor Harris-Tigg were re-elected to their respective roles.

The meeting was adjourned with the same officers intact by default.

Board members will try again to elect new officers at the July 8 business meeting.