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Charter schools seek to use Buffalo School buildings

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The Buffalo Public School District has received four-proposals from charter schools to use district-owned buildings.

Details are unclear because the proposals have just been filed. The proposals will be evaluated by district staff, just as five-different proposals are being studied to deal with four-schools Albany wants closed.

The school district needs to do something because it has 600 eighth-graders with no high school to head to right now because Albany has barred freshman classes in the schools ordered closed.

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Donald Ogilvie explains the three-proposals for this fall.

"Tapestry has applied to use Bennett High School, to lease space there. The Charter School for Applied Technologies is also interested in Bennett High School. Another charter, the Health Sciences Charter School, has expressed interest in leasing the MLK building," said Ogilvie.

The fourth proposal is from a charter which hasn't officially been established and wouldn't be ready for September.

School Board Member Larry Quinn is a strong supporter of charters and wants to look at the applications to find schools with a track record of success, saying that's an indication of success going forward.

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.