New School Board Majority Will Move Fast on Interim Superintendent

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 11:20 PM EDT

By John Borsa

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 11:20 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - It's a new direction for the Buffalo School Board.

"We have a sense of urgency. We're going to work like a laser and focus on how we can create as many performing schools as we possibly can," said James Sampson, the newly elected board president.

Samson, along with board members Carl Paladino and Jay McCarthy, are joined by newly sworn-in members Larry Quinn and Patti Bowers Pierce, forming a new leadership majority.

"Moving in the right direction. A much more independent board. We're excited as parents that they're willing to partner with parents," said Sam Radford, who heads the district's parent group.

"First board meeting is July 9. And I'm hoping that we're going to move forward quickly. And the first order of business will be to get ourselves a new superintendent," said Patti Bowers Pierce, who is new to the board.

The temporary interim, Will Keresztes, whom the board selected as a placeholder just last month following the departure of Dr. Pamela Brown, will be replaced within a few weeks.

And unlike past superintendent candidates who came from a national pool, this board will be looking local.

"I think somebody that really is familiar with the district, has great management experience and can come in and get quick results," said Larry Quinn, another newly elected member of the board.

"I'm just looking for a dynamic leader that's going to come in, step in and make the district the best that it can be. We're going improve student achievement and we're going to work with the parents," said Bower Pierce.

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