Pamela Brown, a former principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, became superintendent in Buffalo, N.Y., this week when a judge overturned a lawsuit challenging her selection.
The Buffalo School Board chose Brown over two other finalists in June, according to news reports from the area. But a developer sued to block her appointment, claiming the board violated the states Open Meetings Law during the closed-door sessions that led up to the hiring.
On Wednesday, a State Supreme Court justice upheld the hiring and the board approved Browns contract, the Buffalo News reported. The district has about 37,000 students, and Brown will make $217,500 a year.
Brown was a CMS elementary school principal from 1994 to 2006. In 2004, her 13-year-old son, Julian Brown, was fatally injured when a bus carrying top N.C. soccer players back from a European tournament veered off the road in France. Pamela and husband Edgar helped organize a local soccer tournament and a scholarship fund to keep their sons memory alive.
Since leaving CMS, Brown has worked in administration in Richmond, Va., and Philadelphia.