Buffalo's Superintendent-Elect Meets With Reporters

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 11:17 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 11:17 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo's new schools superintendent says she will be accessible to community and parent groups as she takes the reigns of a troubled school district facing both financial obstacles and low graduation rates.

"I've actually just talked with secretaries today about a process to use for individuals and groups that might call and want to have an appointment with me or whatever," Brown said in her first sit-down with the media since she was selected as the district new leader a few weeks ago.

"I will definitely be accessible so that they will be able to come in and talk with me or I will be able to go out and talk with them," she said.

The Buffalo Board of Education held its annual organization meeting on Monday afternoon, electing board member Mary Ruth Kapsiak as board president.

Kapsiak said the first order of business for the new board will be to finalize a contract for Dr. Brown, who will serve as a consultant until her contract is finalized.