School Board Seat Filled, Unanimous Vote

January 20, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 12:39 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

January 20, 2011 Updated Jan 21, 2011 at 12:39 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the East District seat, after Vivian Evans announced in August that she accepted a full-time position in Maryland. However, she refused to officially step-down from the position until late December, despite apparently violating residency requirements.

Fifteen applicants applied for the seat, but only five qualified. Of the five, the Board voted unanimously to appoint retired assistant superintendent Rosalyn Taylor to fill the position.

Taylor beat out Theresa Harris-Tigg, a Buffalo State College professor; Chris Brown Jr., a counselor and minister, Frank Leli, a retired plant worker and substitute teacher, and Anthony Mastrangelo, a employee at WKSE.

The president of the board says it was crucial to get the seat filled quickly, as they will be working on budget issues and possibly closing down schools this year.