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Tapestry Charter abandons controversial expansion plan

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Tapestry Charter School won't be buying a former city building on the East Side and expanding.

The Board of Trustees slapped down the charter school's  administration for not selling the plan to the parents who were vocal in opposition.

Tapestry is stressing the limits of its current campus on Great Arrow. Moving into the former School 78 would have allowed a restructure and expansion of the school, with 78 being the Kindergarten through fifth grade building.

Parents said the plan had been sprung on them so late in the school year they couldn't change plans for the next school year.

Trustee Josh Feinstein says he worries the fight will erode the unity of school and families.

"Have a real dialogue in the community that at the same time I am hoping people will be open to change and examining the assumptions because this is how this community has survived and, I hope, will flourish for many years to come," Feinstein said. 

"But, at this point, with some regrets, I have concluded this is not the proposal at this time that's viable for the community."

After the board voted down the plan, it ordered a committee to study what to do on a fairly narrow time line so whatever plan results will start in September of next year. That may mean Tapestry will have to order some portable classrooms for this September to deal with its growing student population.

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.