Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Takes Over

September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 7:51 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 7:51 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- It's out with the old and in with the new, Friday. Dr. James William has ended his time with the Buffalo School District and Amber Dixon is stepping in as the interim superintendent. This comes just a week after the start of the school year.

The school board approved her contract, Wednesday, which does not have an end date. Dixon officially begins Friday and her first stop will be the Charles R. Drew ECC Magnet School on A Street for a playground dedication.

Then, she said she is meeting with council and district finance people. She said there are even memos ready to be sent out to begin the process of making major changes within the schools.

Dixon said that her goals are to get parents involved with their children's education while improving attendance and grades.

Dr. Williams spend the day on Thursday, his official last day, with elementary school kids.

"We have made great progress from 2005 to 2011 by adding additional AP and honors classes, going from 16 to 146. And I can say to this community we are leaving you in better shape than it was when I came here in 2005 in this school district,' Williams said.

On his last day, Williams helped cut the ribbon for Southside Elementary School's grand re-opening after two years and $15 million in renovations. The renovations at Southside and across the district are one project that Williams said he is proud to have accomplished in his tenure as superintendent.

Dixon comes into the job making $175 thousand, which is $45 thousand less than Williams. Dixon suggested the salary because that was the proposed superintendent salary cap that Governor Cuomo announced earlier in the year.