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Quinn wants pro athletes to review BPS sports programs


One of Buffalo’s newest school board members, Larry Quinn, is well-known throughout town for his former role as a part owner of the Buffalo Sabres.

Now, in one of his first proposals as a board member, Quinn wants to apply a professional level of expertise to the Buffalo Public Schools athletic department.

At the last board meeting, Quinn proposed creating a task force that will review the district’s athletic operations, everything from staffing to student interest and performance. And he plans to bring in some heavy hitters from the professional realm to conduct the analysis.

“I don’t just want professional athletes,” he said. “I want people who are really good.”

The idea was well-received by fellow board members, some of whom said they might have some names to contribute. Newcomer Patti Pierce also made a point to ask for representation from female athletes.

Board members will be submitting their ideas for task force members to district administrators who oversee athletics.

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About the reporters

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News' NeXt section.

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.