Dr. Brown Sworn in as Superintendent of Buffalo Public School District

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Doctor Pamela Brown was officially sworn into office at City Hall Thursday to become the new superintendent of the Buffalo Public School District. Wednesday, Brown signed a 3-year contract and will be paid $217,500 a year.

School Board President Mary Ruth Kapsiak & Mayor Byron Brown were also in attendance for the ceremony. The former Assistant Superintendent of Philadelphia Schools and Stanford and Harvard graduate says she's ready to hit the ground running to help turn around the district.

"Our primary focus is going to be increasing the overall achievement of our students," said Dr Brown. "We want to focus on graduation rates and also the college readiness and school enrollment."

This comes one day after a lawsuit against her hiring was dismissed. The lawsuit was filed by former Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino, who accused the school board of violating the Open Meetings Law when they met behind closed doors to discuss Brown's hiring. A judge threw out the lawsuit Wednesday evening.