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Dr. James Williams: What happened at Performing Arts Pt. 1

Last week, we had a chance to speak with Superintendent Williams–a conversation that began with the recent incident at the Performing Arts School, then went on to issues of unions, single carrier health insurance, organizational and civic culture and many points between.
We found him to be as charismatic as he is frank. He believes in the transformative power of education. He seems to see confrontation as part of his mission to change things. He says repeatedly he doesn’t care about popularity and he seems confident enough to mean it–an earned confidence he enjoys wearing, tempered by experience.
He manages a budget significantly larger than that of the City of Buffalo. He’s been charged with what is arguably the biggest part (and biggest obstacle) to the City’s turnaround…and he gives a pretty compelling interview.
We’ve broken this interview into a series of parts which we’ll run over the course of the next few days.

Written by George Johnson

George Johnson

Buffalo Rising Co-Founder. Designer (Product, Graphic, Motion). Geek.

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