BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Parents in the Buffalo School District are saying there is a health crisis in school. They are taking their concerns to the school board Wednesday night.
They are saying the board isn’t doing what they said they would, claiming Buffalo children have no oversight when it comes to physical education, how to eat properly, and that the sex-ed program is one of the poorest in the state.
The Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo and the District Parent Coordinating Council will make an public announcement at 5 p.m. Wednesday. They will be talking about their plans to take their complaints to the New York State Education Department.
Their announcement will be outside the Buffalo Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts. From there, they will take their message to the Buffalo School Board, who is scheduled to start their meeting at 5:30 p.m. inside the school.
The groups are asking that Buffalo Public Schools fully implement a comprehensive wellness policy that the Board of Education passed in April 2012.
Back in June the group filed a letter with State Education Commissioner John King, asking for the state to provide oversight. King directed the groups to file a formal legal complaint, which the groups say they are preparing and will file within 30 days.
They claim the district remains out of compliance with New York State Education Department regulations on physical activity and health education and understaffed by 30 physical education teachers. The group says they are prepared to take the legal action that Dr. King suggested.
Also at Wednesday night's school board meeting, it might be the end of the line for Dr. Mary Guinn. She was hired as a consultant for the district. Carl Paladino will move to terminate her contract Wednesday night.
Her salary, $289,000 a year.
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