BUFFALO, NY -- Fresh off of his victory for a spot on the Buffalo School Board, businessman Carl Paladino called for change at Wednesday night's school board meeting.
Paladino specifically wants to focus on leadership.
"I think the people of the City of Buffalo in general and especially those in the Park District sent a very clear message to this board, to the administration of this school system that they want, they want leadership," he said Wednesday.
Since his term hasn't started yet, Paladino got the same three minutes everyone who signs up to speak during the public comment section of the meeting gets, and he used all three to call for change. From Superintendent Pamela Brown, to the school board, to the teacher's union, he says it's necessary.
"There is sufficient evidence of the apparent complicity of Phil Rumore, Pamela Brown and Ruth Kapsiak and possibly other members of the board to defraud the State of New York by executing a side letter to the APPR agreement, and the board must immediately address that matter to the NYS Attorney General and the Inspector General's Office asking them to investigate the possibility of an illegality. Pending the results of that investigation, the board must resolve to demand that Pamela Brown and Ruth Kapsiak immediately step down from their offices," said Paladino.
"There was no intent to commit fraud, and I will reiterate that," stated Brown in response to Paladino's statements.
"So you should have no fear of an investigation," replied Paladino.
"Excuse me. I have reaffirmed our commitment to adhere to the agreement that was submitted into the portal on January 17 relative to the teacher and principal evaluation system. That is the process that we're following," said Brown in response.
Afterwards, Paladino answered questions about his plans once he joins the board.
"Do you think you'll be able to find four allies on the new board to make a difference and make change? Because you're just one guy," asked Kelly Dudzik.
"Well, I think by using my spotlight and transparency, and pointing out these situations, it's going to be very on others not to follow. So, I'm a lightning rod for this stuff, and that's okay with me," said Paladino.
Paladino also plans on going through every line of the district's budget. He says he is especially unhappy with the amount of money spent busing students around the city.