The resolution, sponsored by School Board President Ralph Hernandez, narrowly passed, 5-4. It will allow the district to choose from a larger pool of teacher candidates, while eliminating the requirement that teachers, with some exceptions, must live in the city or risk losing their jobs.
The resolution included an amendment by board member Rosalyn L. Taylor that will give job applicants who opt to live in Buffalo a “10-point hiring preference” added to their hiring score. A second resolution asks the district to “create incentives” that encourage teachers to live in the city.
So now, all the 3rd generation South Buffalo political hacks living in West Seneca and Hamburg, can call their uncle and get hired in Buffalo. This is no different than the way it's been anyway. The "10 point hiring preference" is a complete smokescreen, when you take into account the Keanes and Comerfords, etc all start with a "100 point hiring preference". You can't fight city hall, but you sure can expose the corrupt people in it. And I look forward to doing so.
I wonder if the "incentives" are going to be the same ones the city used in the 90s' to keep all the police and firefighters living in Buffalo. We know how well that worked out for the city. They practically gave them new houses in the city, which most turned around and resold at a profit (before moving their families to Orchard Park!)
The sad part is, I personally know at least 7 city residents who would be excellent physical education teachers. They have the degrees. They just don't have the money to bribe the people controlling the hiring.