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By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In a much awaited debut, new Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash will preside over his first school board meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Room 806 of City Hall. Here's the link to the... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, August 24, 2015

As noted in today's story, Kriner Cash's employment contract has some similarities, as well as distinct differences, from that of prior Superintendent Pamela Brown. Interim Superintendent Donald... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Friday, August 14, 2015

Writing about Kriner Cash is challenging. His availability to the press has been limited and, as an out-of-towner, reaching out to those who knew him best when he was leader elsewhere takes... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Buffalo Public School district will introduce former Memphis Superintendent Kriner Cash as the frontrunner candidate for superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools at a public forum tonight, Aug.... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Thursday, August 13, 2015

As Kriner Cash prepares to meet with the public tonight in a public forum, some of those who worked with him in Memphis said they hope the public has realistic expectations of what Cash can... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, August 10, 2015

Last week, Kriner Cash spent several days in Buffalo as the frontrunner candidate for superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools. He returns for a public forum on Thursday. After interviewing with... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Friday, July 31, 2015

As noted in Saturday's stories, several major developments have occurred regarding the search for a permanent Buffalo Public Schools superintendent. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, July 22, 2015

As noted in our news coverage, including today's story, the Buffalo school district has 25 schools facing an outside takeover or "receivership" within the next one-to-two years. Most immediately,... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Monday, July 13, 2015

As noted in today's story, outside lawyers are increasingly being used to mediate disputes among members of the Buffalo School Board and to defend against legal complaints filed against them. This... Read More

By Sandra Tan » Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Please join us for live coverage of tonight's July 8 meeting, starting at 5:30 p.m. This will be the first school board meeting for Interim Superintendent Darren Brown, the district's former... Read More

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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.