The new members of the Buffalo School Board were sworn in this afternoon in City Hall with a promise of civility toward other members even when they disagree on how to move forward.

“I think we need to have conversations that are civil and cordial, but I want to structurally change the way we educate children in Buffalo, and I’m not willing to compromise anything that gets in the way of that,” said Lawrence Quinn, part of the new majority that took control today.

“That’s my commitment: to work together,” said Patricia Bowers Pierce, who is also part of the new board majority after she and Quinn won at-large seats in the May election. “If you look around all over Buffalo, we are on the cusp of greatness. Now we have to move the district in the right direction.”

Also during Wednesday’s reorganizational meeting, West District Member James Sampson was elected board president, while former President Barbara Seals Nevergold was sworn in as an at-large member after winning re-election in May.

East District Board Member Theresa Harris-Tigg was re-appointed vice president of the Student Achievement Committee. Jay McCarthy, who represents the North District, was re-appointed as vice president of the Executive Affairs Committee.