Carl P. Paladino, 69, lawyer and chairman of Ellicott Development.
Children in Buffalo schools: None.
Experience: School Board member since 2013; former CEO of Ellicott Development.
Reasons for running: Declined to respond.
Supporters: Board’s majority bloc.
Expected campaign budget: Declined to respond.
ON THE ISSUES:
• Supports more charter schools in Buffalo.
• Favors extending the school day and school year.
• On whether the state receivership law – which places the most struggling schools under direct control of the superintendent – can improve Buffalo schools: Declined to respond.
• On using student test results in teacher evaluations: Declined to respond.
• On Superintendent Kriner Cash’s performance so far: Declined to respond.
• On what should be the district priorities for 2016-17 budget: Declined to respond.
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
On the long-expired teacher contract and stalled negotiations: Has said the Buffalo Teachers Federation and President Philip Rumore should not support candidates for the School Board, calling it a “tragic conflict” as it relates to union contract negotiations. “He wants to put his people onto the board and then negotiate with his people on the board. I think that’s not only unethical; I think it’s illegal. It’s highly conflicted and not in the best interest of kids and the community.”
On the board’s legal battle with LPCiminelli and efforts to recoup money from the $1.3 billion school reconstruction project: “We have a fiduciary responsibility to do that. We want a full accounting.”
– Deidre Williams