Buffalo Schools Superintendent to Retire

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 7:09 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 7:09 PM EDT

(Buffalo, NY) After weeks of speculation about the future of Buffalo Schools Superintendent, Dr. James Williams, there is finally a resolution.

The Buffalo Board of Education voted 7-2 to accept Dr. Williams resignation effective September 15th.

Dr. Williams came to Buffalo in 2005.

During his tenure, he oversaw the joint-schools construction project, technology upgrades, and the inclusion of the Buffalo Public School's athletic program into the more competitive Section 6.

But plagued by low state test scores, budget problems, and teacher layoffs, the Board of Education lost confidence with Dr. Williams.

There was a move by some board members to fire the superintendent as soon as possible.

After weeks of chaos concerning his future, Dr. James Williams said he decided to retire to avoid causing more confusion for parents and children of the Buffalo Public Schools.

He will stay on to oversee the opening of school which happens in a few weeks.