BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES is reacting to an edict from State Education Commissioner John King that is directing Buffalo Public Schools to work with BOCES or face the closure of Lafayette and East high schools.
Superintendent Donald Ogilvie says he welcomes the challenge.
"The students in Buffalo deserve the very best that Buffalo can provide them," he said. "We are eager for the opportunity; we are prepared for the opportunity."
The first option given to Buffalo school is to have East and Lafayette partner with BOCES. Ogilvie says they have enough room to accommodate any students that want to take career technical courses, such as cooking or car repair.
"In all likelihood, it would be 100 or 200, probably tops, and they are easily accommodated. In fact the programs are all in place," Ogilvie said.
The second option is for BOCES to oversee the two high schools as an Education Partnership Organization (EPO). If that takes place, Ogilvie says Erie 1 BOCES would act as a school district for East and Lafayette.
"Professional development, compliance with state and federal. The EPO relationship brings into every aspect of school district operations," Ogilvie explained.
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