School Board to Vote on Termination of Williams

June 26, 2011 Updated Jun 26, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

June 26, 2011 Updated Jun 26, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday at 12:00 p.m. where they will vote to terminate the employment of Dr. James Williams as Superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools.

The board will vote on a clause in the contract that allows for a "no fault" termination of the superintendent.

The measure would require only a simple majority, and if passed, would mean that Dr. James Williams would essentially be bought-out, with the district required to pay him six-months of salary, according to the contract.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown spoke with Eyewitness News Sunday and continues to support Dr. Williams staying in his position until the end of the 2012 school year, when he planed to retire.

"What I am concerned about is the continuity of management of our school district. To make sure that our school district is managed properly while there is a thorough search being conducted for a replacement for Dr. Williams," said the Mayor.

The Buffalo Control Board, of which Mayor Brown along with County Executive Chris Collins are a part of, will also be meeting Monday to vote on the buyout package of Deputy Superintendent Dr. Folasade Oladele.

The Board of Education approved a termination package that would pay Oladele 12-months salary plus benefits, totaling $168,000, even though her contract only guaranteed her 3-months of pay if her job is terminated early.

School Board President Ralph Hernandez says that the special arrangement was made directly between Superintendent James Williams and Oladele.

Mayor Brown and County Executive Collins have said they plan to vote against the buyout. If the package is voted down by the control board, the matter will most likely end up in court.