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New school district lines being redrawn


The Buffalo school board will have six districts on the ballot in May and incumbents and possible challengers may soon know what the district boundaries will be.

A redistricting advisory committee is holding a series of public meetings to show potential districts for next year.

The plan is to have districts approved December 12 so that the Erie County Board of Elections can prepare for circulating petitions in February.

While the districts being shown on the schools web site and at the public meetings are going to be recommended, the school board members make the final decisions.

Besides the need to have the districts roughly equal in population, the committee is also trying to even out the numbers of schools in each district which now varies from 17 in the Central District to six in the East and North Districts.

Patrick Curry sits on the advisory committee and says he wants to give back to the district where he went to school.

"It's one of the things that's facing the school district in general is the shrinking population," Curry said.

"You know I believe buffalo has turned the corner. There's great schools. People are very confident and want to send their kids to city schools."

For Curry, these new districts are personal since he and his wife just had twins who could go to school in the re-aligned Park District.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.