Superintendent Williams: I'm Not Bitter

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 11:42 PM EDT

By John Borsa

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 11:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Eyewitness News caught up with Dr. James Williams, superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, for an exclusive one-on-one interview just hours after he turned in his resignation on Wednesday.

"Great six years," Williams said as he arrived at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Branch Library for a previously scheduled community meeting with parents.

"I'm not bitter," he insisted.

Moments later, he openly questions the motivation behind his departure.

"The board extended my contract three years. Exemplary superintendent. Outstanding work," he told the of roughly two dozen people.

"Nine months later, this is where we are," he said.

He offered no opinion about what changed in those months, telling people, "I'll leave that to you."

Williams last day on the job in Buffalo is September 15. Details of his separation agreement with the district will be released in seven days.