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Open Letter of Thanks from Dr. James A. Williams

Open Letter of Thanks from Dr. James A. Williams

--Regarding Supreme Court Step Wage Litigation Ruling--

I would like to thank each and every person who was involved in the long court battle that ended successfully for the Buffalo Public Schools on March 29th, 2011.  This includes past members of the board of education; Jack Coyle, Betty Jean Grant, Janique Curry, Catherine Nugent Panepinto and Vivian Evans, along with present members; Ralph Hernandez, Florence Johnson, Christopher Jacobs, John Licata, Jason McCarthy, Pamela Perry-Cahill, Mary Ruth Kapsiak, Rosalyn Taylor and Louis Petrucci.

Mostly, I would like to thank those who helped by staying the course and supporting the administration through this historic success story.  The decisions that we make based on this court case will impact the Buffalo Public School system for the next several decades, with outcomes that will be best for the children within the district.

Not only does this ruling save Buffalo taxpayers over $100 million, accordi

Buffalo Public School Student Artwork at Central Library

Buffalo Public School Student Artwork at Central Library

Looking for something to do with the family over Easter break?

Celebrating Art! 2011 is an exhibit of all student-created art at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.


With close to 200 art works representing K through 12 students in each school within the district, the entire community can witness for themselves the hard work and talent of Buffalo's youngest artists.

The exhibit opened on April 5 and will remain on display through May 5, 2011.  See the library site for hours of operation.

 

 

Rumore Says Cosmetic Surgery Rider Must be Negotiated

Rumore Says Cosmetic Surgery Rider Must be Negotiated

At the April 13th Buffalo Board of Education meeting, Chief Financial Officer Barbara J. Smith made a presentation in which she outlined projected $5.4 million cosmetic surgery costs for the 2010-11 school year.

The anticipated cost to taxpayers is down from last year’s $8.5 million, but the most stunning aspect of these latest figures include the fact that in one recent 12-month period, 60 members used over $30,000 each for a total of nearly $3 million according to Smith. Though a BlueCross BlueShield audit indicated no evidence of fraud or abuse with 10 providers sampled, those who render services have found ways to increase their client base through locations and offerings within the schools.  Cosmetic surgeons regularly advertise in the Buffalo Teacher’s Federation newsletter.

Several PLA Schools Will Make Changes Through State Models

Several PLA Schools Will Make Changes Through State Models

Several Buffalo Public Schools, designated as Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA), are making changes to fit State Department of Education guidelines that will net each school $2 million per year over 3 years in an effort to make each more successful and better serve its students.

At the April 13th board meeting, Superintendent Dr. James A. Williams and his staff presented the Buffalo Board of Education with their proposals of three types of transformations, as required by the State DOE.  The board agreed to the proposed changes (below), which will be submitted to the State Education Department for approval by May 2nd.

Transformation School:
School # 59 Charles R.

'Mirette' at BAVPA

'Mirette' at BAVPA

Set in 1890s Paris, “Mirette” tells of the most unusual friendship between a strong-willed ten year old girl and a jaded tightrope walker. Young Mirette is delighted when she discovers her mother’s grumpy new boarder is none other than the Great Bellini, whose glorious tight-rope-walking days were cut short when he lost his nerve.

Demonstrating an innate talent for balancing, Mirette convinces the reluctant Bellini (against her mother’s wishes) to teach her his craft. But when Bellini, determined not to disappoint the girl, stages a comeback performance only to find himself paralyzed with fear, it is Mirette who must climb the wire and help him regain his courage.

Makowski Early Childhood Center Earns IB Primary Years Programme Accreditation

Makowski Early Childhood Center Earns IB Primary Years Programme Accreditation

Buffalo Public School Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center #99 has been authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). 

Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing.

Buffalo Public School Students Win, Place in UB Entrepreneurship Competition

Buffalo Public School Students Win, Place in UB Entrepreneurship Competition

A six-student team made up of participants from various area high schools won first place in an entrepreneurship competition on April 2 for their winning business proposal, an online gaming lounge.  Three of the students on the winning team are from the Buffalo Public Schools.

The competition, held at Hutch Tech, followed a 20-week Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) conducted by the University at Buffalo School of Management and the Meszaros International Center of Entrepreneurship (MICE). Eight teams in all entered the competition.

Among the winners were Jordan Commodore of Bennett High School, Robert Greene of Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Luis Rodriguez of Hutchinson Central Technical High School.  Don Jordan of Lancaster High School, Joshua Prible of Depew High School, and Alissa Smithers of Williamsville South High School rounded out the winning team.