BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown and her staff have been asked by State Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Slentz to meet with him and his team in Albany on Thursday, to work toward finalizing contracts for East and Lafayette High Schools. Commissioner John King has set 5 p.m. Friday as the deadline for submissions. He has threatened to close the schools if the District fails to come up with a plan acceptable by the state.
In a letter to Deputy Commissioner Slentz, Dr. Brown says she has two other commitments on Thursday, including a group session with President Obama in Buffalo. She is also the keynote speaker for the Say Yes "Read to Succeed" program on Thursday. She asks if district representatives can meet with state education officials Friday morning.
Sources tell News 4 the state’s Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Slentz will meet with Brown and some of her staff Friday morning. The meeting will be just hours before a deadline for East and Lafayette’s plans.
The state education department wants to have the latest revisions in their hands for early review on Thursday.
Applications to improve two other schools besides East and Lafayette require further work in order for contracts to be approved by the state. They are Highgate Heights, pre-k through 8, and Best Elementary School.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will stop in Buffalo to make an announcement about a sustainable homes program.
State Education Commissioner John King is on his way to Buffalo. He is coming for a forum on the Common Core curriculum, downtown Thursday.
The Jo Bros are playing at Kissmas Bash Thursday night at the First Niagara Center. But the band split in September, saying there’s a deep rift.