Williams Will Not Be Terminated By BOE

June 27, 2011 Updated Jun 27, 2011 at 6:32 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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June 27, 2011 Updated Jun 27, 2011 at 6:32 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Board of Education decided Monday not to terminate Superintendent Dr. James Williams under the 'no fault' clause of his contract. A special meeting was called by School Board President Ralph Hernandez to see if Williams should leave before his scheduled retirement next year. Under the 'no fault' clause, school board members could terminate his contract early if the majority of members voted in favor of the motion. The meeting went into an executive session and following a 45 minute discussion, members decided to keep Williams on until his departure next June. Williams called the meeting distracting for students, parents, and staff.

"It's tough to give direction when you don't know where you're heading yourself," said Williams. "I spoke with the board and I think we left feeling better because change is here. It's just unfortunate we had to go through today."

Some members believe this will help keep continuity within the district while searching for a replacement.

"Students need stability and a smooth transition and this year will give us that opportunity," said Board Member Florence Johnson.

Williams is scheduled to retire on June 30th, 2012.