Kensington High School

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

It is a common topic of conversation, to say some building is a landmark. That may be, but many are not legally landmarks. That is why the Buffalo Preservation Board has a special subcommittee looking to change that.

There is a ceremony today re-opening Kensington High School as Frederick Law Olmsted at Kensington, the latest project in the $1.5 billion rebuilding of city schools.

The Joint Schools Construction Board yesterday approved paying more than $6 million in the latest monthly installment of the building project.

Chief Operating Officer Joseph Giusiana told the board those monthly payments will rise sharply as the $175 million Phase 5 of the program kicks into action.

Authorities in Columbia, South Carolina are reporting that a former Buffalo resident was recently killed in that city.

The boyfriend of 44-year-old Johnette Pratt has been charged with murder in connection with her death. Pratt's body was found in a burning vehicle after 48-year-old Darrell Lyrell Griffin reported to authorities that the pair had been kidnapped. Sheriff's deputies investigated the claim, found it to be false, and arrested Griffin on the murder charge.

Pratt is a graduate of Kensington High School and left the area six years ago.