Buffalo School Board Election Today

May 7, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 7:34 AM EDT


May 7, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 7:34 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Buffalo School Board elections are today with 13 candidates vying for six available openings. The most talked about battle is between Carl Paladino and Adrian Harris.

Paladino is a businessman, developer, attorney and close contender for New York State Governor back in 2010. Adrian Fitzgerald Harris is a Teacher's Assistant in Lancaster. Both of these men are in the race to represent the Park District for the school board.

Paladino's more controversial idea involves highly at-risk students from low-income homes. He is suggesting a public boarding school model where students receive not only education in the classroom but residential, mental and physical health. He also wants to develop social programs for these students.

"This is a matter of doing something about a major problem in our community. I'm the type of person who can change it and I know it. So I feel it is an obligation of mine to run and help straighten this thing out," Paladino said.

Harris is advocating for the return of attendance teachers. He also would like the Buffalo district to hire outside consultants who can review the district o make needed improvements.

"Talking about giving principals more. Talking about the disconnect of all levels which is in that report. Being proactive with attendance and getting kids to school so they would learn," Harris said.

Both candidates agree to end busing and return to community schooling.

This race has not been without controversy. There were claims the teacher's union was sending out mailers spreading untrue statements about candidates running in the race who were not backed by the union. Union officials deny the claims.

The elections will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.