Since Superintendent James A. Williams arrived in Buffalo nearly six years ago, the number of central office administrators in the district has more than doubled.
There are now 28 non-union administrators in the Buffalo Public Schools, according to employment contracts obtained by The Buffalo News through a Freedom of Information Law request.
That's up from 13 in 2004-05, district officials say.
The increase in administrators working in City Hall came during a period marked by falling enrollment, school closings and a growing deficit that is projected at $62 million for next year.
The salaries and benefits for City Hall administrators cost taxpayers $7.1 million in 2009, the most recent year for which the state had figures available, compared with $5.3 million for the smaller group five years earlier -- an increase of 34 percent.
So if you're scoring at home, the number of students enrolled in the Buffalo schools has decreased dramatically yet the number of suits wasting our tax dollars has more than doubled...
"Why do we have all these exempt employees when we don't have as many children as we had when we had 13 [exempt employees]?" asked Central District board member Mary Ruth Kapsiak, who is a retired union administrator in the district.
Some of the job titles that are new since Williams arrived include: deputy superintendent; associate superintendent for educational services; lead community superintendent; community superintendent (there are three); associate superintendent for teaching and learning (one for elementary, one for secondary); human resources partner (there are two); executive administrator; and special assistant to the superintendent for community relations.
It's time for a change. Dr. Williams was brought here to do a job he is obviously incapable of doing. He needs to be removed. The money he has wasted on James Kane and their ragtag bunch would be much better spent on hiring more teachers in the classrooms. It's no wonder so many parents are opting to send their children to charter schools. They actually use the money to educate students and not for political patronage positions...