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Founder of Buffalo's first charter school retires

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Buffalo's first charter school is saying good-bye to its founder.  Dr. Claity  Massey is retiring.  Massey formed King Center 13-years ago at the former St. Mary of Sorrows Church on Genesee Street.

Thursday morning the school held a special ceremony in her honor.  The State Regents recently granted the school a five-year charter renewal. 

Regents Chancellor Emeritus Bob Bennett attended the celebration saying he would eventually like to see a 10-year charter granted to the school.

Massey tells WBFO News that would be a huge step forward in maintaining the future of all charter schools.

The current charter renewal will allow King Center to expand to full K-through 8th grade.

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Students, teachers & staff wore special teachers with Dr. Claity Massey.

Bennett said King Center is "really what a school should be."

Massey retires at the end of this month. Dr. Keith Frome will assume leadership. Frome is a nationally well-known educator.