Charter schools seek to use Buffalo School buildings

Jan 8, 2015

The Buffalo Public School District has received four-proposals from charter schools to use district-owned buildings.

Outside the MLK School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Details are unclear because the proposals have just been filed. The proposals will be evaluated by district staff, just as five-different proposals are being studied to deal with four-schools Albany wants closed.

The school district needs to do something because it has 600 eighth-graders with no high school to head to right now because Albany has barred freshman classes in the schools ordered closed.

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Donald Ogilvie explains the three-proposals for this fall.

"Tapestry has applied to use Bennett High School, to lease space there. The Charter School for Applied Technologies is also interested in Bennett High School. Another charter, the Health Sciences Charter School, has expressed interest in leasing the MLK building," said Ogilvie.

The fourth proposal is from a charter which hasn't officially been established and wouldn't be ready for September.

School Board Member Larry Quinn is a strong supporter of charters and wants to look at the applications to find schools with a track record of success, saying that's an indication of success going forward.