BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - It is down to three candidates for the top job in the Buffalo Public School District.
Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon has one distinction the others do not...
"By way of the fact that she's really the only candidate that's ever been a superintendent even though it's been for a short period of time," said board member Ralph Hernandez.
Edward Newsome is Baltimore County's assistant superintendent and Hernandez says brings a lot to the table as well.
"You know, he comes in with a great deal of experience being a principal in the grammar school and of course in the high school. So that puts him in a classroom; direct contact with students," said Hernandez.
And the third and final candidate, Dr. Pamela Brown, a former administrator in Philadelphia.
"A Harvard graduate and who has a lot of positions within administration and education and comes highly recommended by many, many folks," Hernandez noted.
Hernandez says he expects the new superintendent to be offered a salary of between $210,000 and $230,000 per year. A range that was advertised during a nationwide search for candidates.
The school board is expected to take at least one more week before making a final decision.
A process that school teacher union president Phil Rumore is watching closely.
"My job really is to work with whoever the board picks. That's my job. Any of the three candidates, I have to work with them," Rumore said.
Rumore is not making any endorsements, but he does believe that whoever is selected will have to immediately engage the union and settle the issue of a new teachers contract. Buffalo teachers have been working without a contract for eight years.
"I really look forward to the day that we're not talking about teacher evaluations, we're not talking about the teacher contracts. But what we're doing is talking about what we can do to improve the education of kids and that's our sole focus," said Rumore.