Speakers Urge School Board to Keep Williams

August 12, 2011 Updated Aug 12, 2011 at 11:33 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 12, 2011 Updated Aug 12, 2011 at 11:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Members of the Buffalo School Board will have to wait until at least Wednesday before making a decision on the future of Superintendent James Williams.

The board will meet with Dr. Williams in special session on Wednesday at Noon, according to the superintendent's attorney, Michael Powers.

The board met in special session on Friday with a plan to vote on Williams possible departure, but when Williams was unavailable to attend the meeting, the vote was postponed.

Instead, the board allowed members of the public to comment on the controversial plan to terminate Williams' contract before it expires in 2014.

"One minute you try to keep the superintendent, the next minute you're trying to fire him. Next meeting we're going to keep him, weeks later we're going to terminate him," said Rev. Darius Pridgen, a member of the Buffalo Common Council.

"That's called chaos," he told the board.

"A grave injustice has been done to Dr. Williams," said Buffalo resident Linda Carney. "And you all need to think about it. Think about it. Because this is supposed to be about the children."

Nearly all of the 30 speakers were in support of Williams.

Williams and the board announced this summer that he would retire in June, but now a majority of members have voted to start the termination process instead.

If he is let go, Williams will be entitled to half his annual salary as severance.