Final Meeting for Outgoing Buffalo School Board Members

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - The Buffalo School District will usher in a trio of new board members in less than a week and many are wondering if it'll be business as usual or if we'll see a bona fide change in the school system.

Wednesday was the final meeting of the current board before they swear in three new board members on July 1st. But it's not so much the new board members that has everyone excited but the new Say Yes to Education Buffalo program that has board members, parents, and students hopeful for a promising future.

It is the end of the road for West District school board member Ralph Hernandez, East District board member Rosalyn Taylor and Park District board member Lou Petrucci who did not run for reelection.

Petrucci leaves knowing there is still more work to be done to pull the district up from a dismal 47 percent graduation rate.

As Petrucci and others leave they are passing the torch to new members Theresa Harris-Tigg, James Sampson and Carl Paladino who has been outspoken when it comes to his feelings about Superintendent Pamela Brown saying she needs to be replaced due to lack of experience running a school district like Buffalo.

But the booming success of the Say Yes to Education program is something Paladino and the rest of the board are looking forward to as a magic bullet for the desperate situation in the district.

So far 99 percent of eligible high schoolers have applied to college since Say Yes was implemented a year ago.