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Profile of candidate for Buffalo School Board: Jason ‘Jay’ McCarthy, North District

Jason M. “Jay” McCarthy, 41, owner of The Place restaurant.

Children in Buffalo Public Schools: none

Experience: Two-term incumbent

Reasons for running: “I don’t think my job is done yet.”

Supporters: School Board’s majority bloc.

Expected campaign budget: $15,000.


• Has a child in Elmwood Village Charter School; thinks there should be more charter schools.

• Favors extending the school day and year as part of a new teacher contract.

• Thinks controversial state receivership law putting the most struggling schools under the direct control of the superintendent can improve Buffalo schools.

• Favors using student test results in teacher evaluations and for targeting schools for receivership.

• Thinks Superintendent Kriner Cash is doing an “excellent” job and applauds his “New Educational Bargain” for school reform.

• District priorities for the 2016-17 budget should be smaller class sizes in the lower grades, retaining physical education teachers and adding reading teachers.


On the divided School Board: “I try to work with everybody. It’s difficult at times for sure. It’s been a hard struggle, I mean everybody has these wild personalities...I have always tried to just work the channels within the room, try to pass policy, try not to get too heavily involved in the chaos that surrounds us constantly. I just know what my job is, which is to listen to my constituents and listen to people in the city.”

On the long-expired teacher contract and stalled negotiations: “I think the problem is the lack of negotiation on the (Buffalo Teachers Federation’s) part. They say they negotiate, but they don’t.”

On his support for vocational training: McCarthy wants the district to teach more skills “that are good for kids that may not be the best student, and may not go to college, necessarily; who can come out of school into a trade skill and go to work.”

– Jay Rey