Buffalo, NY (WBEN) In another open letter, Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino is calling for the resignation of fellow board member Sharon Belton Cottman.
Paladino claims Belton Cottman lied and misrepresented at a recent meeting by commenting on fellow board member Teresa Harris Tigg's reason for being absent at the meeting and her feelings about dismissing Superintendent Pamela Brown. He also claims Belton Cottman shut down discussion on a consulting contract, saying the document was created after the fact and counsel refused to sign off on it.
Here is the full letter:
Sharon Belton- Cottman:
You are in breach of your duties and responsibilities as a member of the
Board of Education (BOE). Your insular and arrogant behavior is
improper, out of line and disrespectful to the BOE, the community and
the children in our school system. I submit:
1). You intentionally misrepresented and lied at the recent meeting of
the BOE when, without prompt, you commented to the BOE on what was said
by Dr. Tiggs as the reason she was not at the meeting and her feelings
concerning the dismissal of the Superintendent.
2). At your sub-committee meeting last week you shut down discussion and
deprived me and others of a fair opportunity to question Mary Guinn,
Scott Joftus and the Superintendent concerning the undated and
fraudulent Cross and Joftus consulting contract with numerous blanks not
filled in and a description of responsibilities not referred to and
incorporated into the document. Obviously the document was created
after the fact and counsel refused to sign off on it. Is that why the
General Counsel was demoted? Is that why the Superintendent hired a
sisterhood relative from someplace else, with questionable ability and
integrity, having been incoherent and wrong on the first three questions
asked of her by the BOE? The community has a right to know Mary Guinn's
compensation and responsibilities. Why did you seek to cover up
improper activity, fabricate a story as to how the BOE approved what can
only be described as a fraudulent and incomplete document. You seek to
deny the community transparency. Your bullying, blurting demeanor at
BOE meetings clearly shows your inability to be a responsible
representative of the people.
4). You refused me the opportunity to further question Mary Guinn when
she lied that the General Counsel had advised her that as a consultant
she was allowed to sign documents and chair committees for the district.
5). Last week, unable to, in any coherent way, defend your position on
the illegal hiring of administrators with no special skills to exempt,
newly created positions, outside of budget, for irresponsible
compensation, without BOE approval, you pathetically played the race
card. I have been told that you are now calling and intimidating
non-tenured administrators to support the Superintendent.
6). You have knowingly participated in an effort to deny public
disclosure of what was for three months a secret reorganization plan,
never approved by the BOE, so as to allow the Superintendent, without
public explanation, to implement and hire a barrage of individuals from
outside the community to executive level positions with no explanation
to the BOE or the public of their "unique qualities."
Your behavior is unacceptable and highly improper. You should resign
but obviously you won't. By copy of this memo I am requesting that the
State Education Department investigate your behavior and remove you from
We have a call out to the district for a response.