Board Accepts Williams Resignation

August 17, 2011 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM EDT

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By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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Board Accepts Williams Resignation

August 17, 2011 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- The Buffalo School Board voted 7-2 to accept the resignation of the the Superintendent Wednesday.

The resignation is effective September 15th. Dr. Williams will now have a 7 day window if he changes his mind.

The Buffalo Control Board must now approve the resignation.

The board voted a few weeks ago to begin the termination process even though Williams said he was planning to retire in June anyway. Some of the board members wanted him out of the position immediately.

This comes after word that the district lost $18 million in grants for troubled schools. Board members were also concerned with the superintendent's proposal to create a new administrative position, after laying off hundreds of teachers. Failing test score was another red flag to the board that leadership in the district must change.

The final decision about Williams termination was supposed to be made earlier in the month but the Superintendent was on vacation. Policy says he must be present when the board votes.

Eyewitness News received a release about the next special meeting the School Board will hold:

Pursuant to Section 5.2 of the By-Laws of the Buffalo Board of Education, Board President, Mr. Louis Petrucci has called a “Special Meeting” of the Board to be held in Room 801 City Hall on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 4:30 PM. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the budget, restoration of positions, staffing, resolutions and other items.

Eyewitness News will have the latest on details of the resignation vote.