Buffalo School Board Member Chris Jacobs told Eyewitness News the board plans to reach out to residents, community leaders, the Buffalo Teachers Federation and other community stakeholders to get their input on the best person to replace Dr. Williams when he retires June 30, 2012.
Until then, there are several major projects ahead for the school district, including selecting an independent organization that will take over management of seven of the districts low performing schools.
"We have the federal government telling us models that we have to use to get money, we have the state telling us what we have to do regardless of whether it makes any sense or not," commented Phil Rumore, President of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.
"We need to talk about the approach we will want to take. Last time around we hired a search firm to do a national search, that's one approach, we could look at more of a local search. I do hope we do a national search, I think it's very important because this will probably be the leader for the next number of years," said Chris Jacobs, Buffalo School Board Member-at-Large.
Williams has agreed to help in the search for a new candidate and help that person transition into the new position before he leaves. In the meantime, Williams also has several tasks to complete over the next 12 months, including improving the high school drop out rate.