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Board president: East Aurora needs ‘tougher’ superintendent

Jerome Roberts Superintendent Schools East AurorSchool District 131

Jerome Roberts, Superintendent of Schools, East Aurora School District 131

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Updated: January 15, 2013 11:31AM

East Aurora School Board President Annette Johnson said the board is “just riding out” Superintendent Jerome Roberts’ contract until it expires in 2014.

“It is too expensive” to buy Roberts out of the contract, she said.

“We will ride it out and move on,” she said.

“Dr. Roberts does know his business as far as being a superintendent. But, I think he gets too trusting with his staff and he’s not willing to make a change,” Johnson said.

Through East Aurora spokesman Clayton Muhammad, Roberts declined to comment Thursday.

Johnson said that Roberts has worked hard to tackle the district’s test scores.

“When you bring him things, he will work on that problem and he is open to change,” Johnson said. “But he doesn’t make change on his own, and I have told him that.”

The district’s next superintendent needs to be a tougher leader, she said.

“I feel that I am a tough leader, I don’t think that he is,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to toot my own horn, but (we need) someone who’s going to be more strict. Like I am... I think it’s necessary.”

East Aurora School Board member Ray Hull, who engaged in a lengthy argument with Johnson at a committee meeting last week, on Thursday called Roberts an “ineffective leader.”

“He has not taken the role of a shepherd to lead this district forward,” Hull said. “He does not support the people he hired — he does not protect them from a (school) board gone wild.”

Hull said that Roberts has allowed Johnson to effectively run the district.

“I’m not sure what he’s capable of doing because Annette has been running things for so long,” Hull said.

“The Superintendent is already done,” Hull said. “Like other staff, he’s just trying to make it to another day.”

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