School Board approves turnaround plan for East and Lafayette

Aug 1, 2013

The Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday night approved a turnaround plan for two failing high schools. The board voted 8-1 to move ahead with using Johns Hopkins as the educational partnership organization for Lafayette and East High Schools. 

East High School
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BOCES would provide supplementary assistance.  Students would be allowed to take vocational classes offered by BOCES. 

Social Studies teacher Patrick Foster says he is excited about the board's decision because it's the type of plan he and his colleagues at Lafayette have been working on.

Buffalo School Board approves plan.
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"We're going to be able to reach fruition on the progress we made this year," Foster said.  "I'm excited by the opportunity to put everything in motion." 

The board will now send its plan to the State Education Department.  Education Commissioner John King had called on the the board to either send East and Lafayette students to BOCES or use BOCES to administer the two schools. 

Board member Carl Paladino cast the lone 'no' vote.