BPS board member resigns following nursing contract vote

Posted at 9:04 AM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 09:20:26-04

A Buffalo Public School Board member has resigned after the board's decision to end the school's nursing contract with Kaleida Health.  Doctor Catherine Flanagan-Priore is a Kaleida employee, and had recused herself from the vote last night.

Flanagan-Priore said during the meeting, "I have a conflict of interest as a loyal Kaleida employee and a member of SEIU 1199."

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Flanagan-Priore represents the Park District on the board.  Her seat was formerly held by Carl Paladino.  According to her bio on the board's website, Flanagan-Priore is a pediatric psychologist at Oishei Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

During the meeting, the Buffalo School Board decided that Supplemental Health Care and Sun Belt Staffing would replace Kaleida at schools.  Board members said Kaleida wasn't even eligible for the contract, because the company turned in its bid for the services late, and also unsealed, which is a violation of the bidding process.

Kaleida supporters had asked the district to forgive the late delivery and restart the bidding process.


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