BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The state of the Buffalo Public Schools has been in the spotlight for the past three-months, with the embattled Superintendent, Dr. James Williams, at the center of most of the debate.
Just last week, Dr. Williams announced his retirement, citing that his home is in Maryland and that his kids are now out of school as reasons for leaving.
Williams appeared on WBEN's Hardline Sunday morning to discuss his retirement and the struggles of the Buffalo Public School system.
But despite his impending departure, Buffalo businessman and school activist Carl Paladino says Williams can't go soon enough.
"Why would you keep a guy like that around? Other than to cover up the fraud and abuse," said Paladino.
In a letter issued to the Board of Education and the State Board of Regents and State Legislature, Paladino calls for the immediate termination of Williams, saying the superintendent is incompetent, while also calling out the Buffalo Board of Education, saying:
"Even one more day of incompetent leadership is an eternity for the children who have been denied an education and the opportunity for a fulfilling life by a corrupt education cabal."
Read the entire letter here.
Williams said he was not aware of the letter, adding, "I don't read anything that Carl Paladino writes or puts out. I don't read anything because it doesn't concern me."
Paladino went on to release his Road-map to Reform the Public Schools, calling for things such as rescinding the dated Taylor Law, calling for more charter schools and for an appointed board of education.
Paladino also advocates for the use of vouchers and tax credits to allow for disadvantaged families to send their children to private and catholic schools.
And even though Williams and Paladino share a rough relationship, the pair do seem agree on the idea of boarding schools.
"I started talking about that three years ago. What has he done? Nothing. Nothing. Nothing at all," said Paladino.