BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Wednesday night, the Buffalo Public School system will present the board a plan for two failing schools - East and Lafayette High Schools. But the district has a history of missing deadlines with these schools.
Now another school is in danger of losing funds.
High Gate Heights, School 80, pre-k through 8 could miss out on a $4.5 million three-year grant to improve student academic achievement. The district needs to turn over control of High Gate to the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood program, but the district's central office failed to send a fully executed contract by the July 1 deadline.
Promise Neighborhood is supposed to be contracted as the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) at the school. A letter from the state to Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown says there was a "failure to submit a timely and complete EPO contract."
Board member James Sampson said, "The district, according to the letter, didn't even come close to answering the basics of what the EPO was going to be doing."
The grant deadline for High Gate Heights has been extended into next month and the man who oversees the Buffalo Promise Program is hopeful Dr. Brown will give up control of the school to his organization, as required by the state.
Promise Neighborhood CEO David Chamberlain said, "I think she will; I hope she will. I don't know for sure. I guess that's part of the reason we're going to finalize the contract and get that back to the state."
Dr. Brown added, "I have no objection whatsoever as the EPO, serving as superintendent. Again this is a new model that is being implemented."
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