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Two Buffalo Schools Added, One Removed from State's Most Troubled List

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The State Education Department added two more Buffalo schools to its SURR list Tuesday -- Schools Under Registration Review.

Schools on the SURR list are required to improve academic performance or face closure.

In Buffalo, the Stanton Academy and the Futures Academy were added to the list. School district spokesman Andrew Maddigan said both schools were hit hard by teacher layoffs and retirements in recent years. In addition, he said Stanton students were displaced by recent construction.

"Last September, they just moved back into their newly renovated facility," Maddigan said. "For 18 months before that, they were in two separate facilities, one of which was sharing space with another school while their school was worked on. So, there has been a lot of disruption.

"We don't expect the conditions that contributed, or could have contributed in some measure to this performance to be repeated."

One Buffalo school was removed from the SURR list -- School 74, Hamlin Park Elementary -- for improvements in fourth and eighth grade Math and English.

"School 74 deserves a great deal of congratulations because they really were one of the schools that was farthest from the standards and now has distinguished itself in some areas to be among the better schools in Buffalo," Maddigan said.

There are now 11 Buffalo schools on the SURR list, including South Park, Burgard and Grover Cleveland High Schools from prior years.

Maddigan says with sufficient resources, the school district remains optimistic that it will be able to accelerate the process of removing the remaining schools from the troubled list in future years.