Brown Out, Keresztes In at Buffalo Schools

June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Dr. Pamela Brown officially resigned as superintendent of the Buffalo School District on Monday, walking away with a severance package of nearly $240,000.

The board approved the separation agreement, which was negotiated behind closed doors.

Brown will receive:

$217,500, the value of her current salary for one year.

$9,166 in accrued vacation.

$10,000 for her performance during the 2012-2013 school year.

$2,000 to consult by telephone with district officials between now and August 16, 2014.

Brown will also receive a letter of recommendation, calling her "a thoroughly dedicated, courageous and skilled educational administrator."

"Now that is highly improper," said Carl Paladino, a school board member who tried to unseat Brown last year, unsuccessfully. "But guess who wrote the letter of recommendation? The superintendent and her lawyer wrote it."

Associate Superintendent Will Keresztes will replace Dr. Brown on a temporary basis, possibly for just two or three weeks. The board approved the appointment shortly after accepting Dr. Brown's resignation.

"He will have the full responsibilities and authority of the superintendent until such time the board acts on appointing a more permanent interim," said board member James Sampson.

A new board will be sworn-in on July 1 and will search for an interim who will be expected to serve for one or two years.

"This is a temporary appointment," said Keresztes. "The board has always made that very clear. If the positions was vacated before July 1 this was going to be a temporary appointment and that's exactly how I see it."