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ENDANGERED SPECIES: TIGERS AND GOOD REPORTERS

Filed under: Education & Schools, News

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Tiger

If you were listening to WNED radio yesterday you heard a report repeated over and over throughout the day that NY Assemblyman Sean Ryan was concerned about the Buffalo School Board’s search for a new Schools Superintendent. According to WNED Ryan wanted the School Board to lengthen its search timeline and go out into the community and hear what the people had to say. The WNED report also said the the current search for a new School Superintendent was being conducted through a posting on Craigslist, presumably information supplied by Ryan. It was alarming to hear that the important position of Buffalo Schools Superintendent was depending on Craigslist. What was the School Board thinking? It made the School Board look pretty pathetic and bolstered Assemblyman Ryan’s standing immensely as the voice of reason. However, after hearing the WNED broadcast for about the tenth time it began to sound too far fetched to be true, so Artvoice looked into it. A nationwide search of All of Craigslist turned up no job posting for Buffalo Schools Superintendent. The job was also not posted on the Buffalo Public Schools site, the NY State Board of Ed. site, or the NY State School Board Association site. Time to call the school board. We were told
THE JOB HASN’T BEEN POSTED YET… ANYWHERE.
According to a School Board Member inquiries have been flooding in from all over the country (after several Artvoice stories about former schools superintendent James Williams we discovered that it’s certainly true professionals follow superintendent vacancies studiously). The job posting will go up shortly and it primarily serves as an official conduit for all those qualified inquiries to fill out a formal application. The application itself will be downloaded from the Buffalo Public Schools site. The job posting will go out to all of the above named sites except one. THERE IS AND NEVER WAS ANY PLAN TO POST THE JOB ON CRAIGSLIST.


  • Ridgewaycynic2013

    Ryan comes off as a fool with this information, but WNED? Do you mean WBFO? If so, that’s a major gaffe for a news organization that should know better than to take facts at face value.

    • rhmaccallum

      I agree Artvoice should have more reporting like this. It has been a wasteland since Bedenko left.
      But…keep on reporting on the Buffalo Roller Girls. I have become a big fan and I’m betting Ridgewaycynic2013 has yet to see his first match.

  • Maggs

    The only problem with this is that the original WNED post said “the search the board is currently undergoing is akin to posting an ad on Craigslist.” Akin. Which means like Craigslist but not necessarily Craigslist. Probably Career Builder or Monster.com. So as your title suggests, journalism really is extinct, as demonstrated here. Here is the original WNED post: http://www.wben.com/pages/21498121.php?poll140875ViewResults=1

    • Ridgewaycynic2013

      That’s not a post from WNED. It’s a post from WBEN.

      • Maggs

        You’re right, I meant WBEN, as did the writer of this blog post.

      • rastamaniac

        He’s not up on his local roller derby

  • rastamaniac