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At a news conference Monday, Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela Brown said that she had never considered accepting the buyout detailed in a Buffalo News story Sunday.

In that story, it was reported that prominent members of Buffalo’s business community offered Brown a half-million-dollar package to resign as city school superintendent. Several sources told the News that Robert D. Gioia, president of the Oishei Foundation, had been coordinating the effort to raise money from deep-pocketed community members who are unhappy with Brown’s performance.

Monday, Brown acknowledged that she had been made a offer, though she declined to discuss it in details and said she never entertained the idea of accepting. She said that the only people who should be responsible for her removal were those on the School Board, who elected her.

Brown pointed to increased graduation rates, decreased suspensions, greater parental involvement and the development of a strategic plan as signs of progress.

“I’m keeping my focus on the children,” the superintendent said Monday, “and I’d encourage everyone else to do so.”

News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes tweeted coverage of the news conference. Follow @TiffanyLankes for more Buffalo Schools coverage.