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Former Buffalo School Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold has been named chairwoman of the state’s Conference of Big 5 School Districts, which represents the state’s largest urban school systems.

Nevergold is a graduate of the Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo. She was appointed to the board in 2012 to fill a vacancy and won another term in the May election. She served one year as board president until the board majority flipped in July.

The conference also announced that longtime Rochester School Board member Willa Powell will serve as vice president.