Three Finalists for Superintendent Job Selected

May 23, 2012 Updated May 24, 2012 at 6:42 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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May 23, 2012 Updated May 24, 2012 at 6:42 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) The Buffalo School Board hired an independent consulting group to help it find qualified candidates for the job of Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent. They expect to make their final decision by the first or second week in June.

Eight months after Dr. James Williams' unceremonious exit from the position of Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, his permanent replacement will likely be found among three final candidates.

One finalist who has first-hand experience of the district's problems, Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon.

"I'm honored that they're still considering me as a finalist," said Dixon.

The other two finalists are from outside of Western New York.

Edward Newsome works in Baltimore, Maryland as the Assistant Superintendent of High Schools for the Baltimore County Public School system.

The final candidate is Pamela Brown, a senior research and planning associate for the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

The state education department has already suspended funding for the district's failing schools and funding for the next school year is still in question if there's no agreement on a teacher evaluation system.

What's worse, the State Education Commissioner may recommend that Lafayette High School be closed down if the there's no evaluation deal worked out.

The public will be able to meet two of the candidates Wednesday, May 23rd at a special reception at the Waterfront School from 5:30 pm to 7pm.

However, Pamela Brown won't be able to attend due to a family emergency. Her visit will be rescheduled.