BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Once again, the Buffalo Public School system can't seem to properly create plans acceptable to the State Education Department.
After all the frantic work and emergency meetings to pull together plans to turn around East and Lafayette High Schools, both were given a failing grade by Commissioner John King. Now, with school beginning in just two and a half weeks, students are again in limbo.
The state concluded the contract that would allow Johns Hopkins University to take over those schools is lacking in details and needs to be revised once again.
Commissioner King now is suggesting that officials from the district's central office to allow his top people to supervise them as they make revisions in the contract. The commissioner warns that if the plans are not successfully implemented, he will consider requiring these students to attend other schools in good standing or recommend that the registration of these schools be revoked.
Meanwhile, more than a hundred elementary school children and about two dozen high school children attending low performing schools have been notified they have been accepted for transfer to schools in good standing.
But Buffalo's long term three-year transfer plan is expected to be rejected again by Albany because it is not aggressive enough.
The state may issue timelines to transfer 2,219 student out of low-performing schools and require more input from parents.
The deadline for the new plan for Lafayette and East is Friday at 5 p.m.
News 4 has also learned that the application for Highgate Heights, pre-k-8, will also be returned for further work. However, this contract, which allows the Promise Neighborhood School program to become the EPO (Educational Partnership Organization), is believed to be further along for acceptance than East and Lafayette.
At least four fire companies responded to a large house fire in Blasdell.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
The Niagara County Sheriff's is on the scene of a suspected meth lab in Cambria.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
Berry admitted filing 122 false federal income tax returns for people who had died. He must pay restitution for the stolen money.
Six-year-old Nya Ricks was chosen to light Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Tree of Hope Friday night.