Buffalo Area News Briefs

Dr. Nevergold to Lead Big 5 School Boards

Barbara Seals Nevergold

The Conference of Big 5 School Districts announced the appointment of Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold as chair of its organization through June 2019. The Big 5 represents the state’s urban school system including the Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, Younkers, Mount Vernon and Utica school districts. Collectively 45% of the State’s public school children are educated in these districts. The Big 5 organization has been advocating and promoting urban education issues for large city school districts since 1958. Dr. Seals Nevergold has also been reappointed as president of the Buffalo Board of Education for the next school year.

Barnes Appointed Principal at Aloma Johnson Charter

Nathaniel W. Barnes

There will be a meet and greet with Mr. Nathaniel W. Barnes, the newly appointed Principal of Aloma D. Johnson Charter School on Thursday, July 19 at the 15 Jewett Parkway school. Mr. Barnes has been working for Aloma D. Johnson Charter for the past year and a half as Achievement Coordinator and Director of Academics. He has five years of experience in the field of education with a background specifically in the area of Literacy. He is currently an adjunct instructor for Canisius College Educational Leadership and Supervision Program. Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy from Medaille College.

NASA Chief, Buffalo Native, Dr. Dexter Johnson Keynotes City Honors Class of 2018

Former Buffalo resident Dr. Dexter Johnson delivered the keynote address for the City Honors

NASA Chief
Dr. Dexter Johnson

graduating Class of 2018 at Kleinhans Music Hall last month.

Dr. Johnson, a graduate of City Honors High School and UB, where he received his doctorate, is the Chief of the Structural Dynamics Branch of the NASA Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Affectionately known as “Dr. Dex,” he is also a Minister of the Gospel. He is the son of Rev. V. Johnson Jr. (deceased) and proud mother Minnie Johnson of Amherst.

Maurice Jones is Legacy City Preservation Conference Speaker

LISC President Maurice Jones

The welcome keynote event for the Legacy City Preservation Conference  was free and open to the public. The keynote was given by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC )President Maurice Jones and  held at Babeville  on Thursday, July 12.. With offices in 31 urban areas and partnerships in thousands of rural counties, LISC’s investments over four decades have resulted in more than $60 billion flowing into America’s toughest communities to help improve the lives of low-income residents.