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South Park High School Comes Through for Soldiers in Iraq

South Park High School Comes Through for Soldiers in Iraq

Teacher Eileen Noworyta’s 20-year-old son, Kevin (far right, top photo) was deployed to Iraq a few months back.  That’s when Eileen’s fellow teachers and some students at South Park High School decided that they would gather goodies for the soldiers to enjoy.

According to Noworyta, the effort was spearheaded by Assistant Principal Denise Denz and teacher Mary Pat Furey.  Denz sent out a note via lotus notes to the staff asking for donations of items that would be appreciated and needed by the troops. “She also consulted JROTC officers at our school to hear what was really needed from their active duty perspectives,” Noworyta said. “The staff and students were extremely generous and the donations were piling up in her office.”

South Park collected enough “Peeps,” Rice Krispie treats and jellybeans to fill 90 baskets for all the men in Apache Troop.

Hutchinson Technical to Compete in Elite Run

Hutchinson Technical to Compete in Elite Run

Hutchinson Technical High School Coach David Sardo is very proud of his runners, as 4 students each from the cross country and track teams make their way to the Penn Relays at the end of April.

Students Dannie Wea, Charles Garner, Emmanuel Cott and John Cherry will compete in the 4 x 100 relay, while Jamarr Chandler, Nick Serediuk, Aruro Salas and Verdall Cole will run the 4 x 400 relay.

Sardo says that he and co-coaches Dallas Bell and Bob Merkle decided to seek an opportunity above the normal for the team.  So when West coach and Section VI indoor Track Chair Pete Szymanski reiterated his yearly offer for the Hutch team to join Sweet Home and West Seneca in the Penn Relays, Sardo bit.

The Penn Relays take place at

Open Letter of Thanks from Dr. James A. Williams

Open Letter of Thanks from Dr. James A. Williams

--Regarding Supreme Court Step Wage Litigation Ruling--

I would like to thank each and every person who was involved in the long court battle that ended successfully for the Buffalo Public Schools on March 29th, 2011.  This includes past members of the board of education; Jack Coyle, Betty Jean Grant, Janique Curry, Catherine Nugent Panepinto and Vivian Evans, along with present members; Ralph Hernandez, Florence Johnson, Christopher Jacobs, John Licata, Jason McCarthy, Pamela Perry-Cahill, Mary Ruth Kapsiak, Rosalyn Taylor and Louis Petrucci.

Mostly, I would like to thank those who helped by staying the course and supporting the administration through this historic success story.  The decisions that we make based on this court case will impact the Buffalo Public School system for the next several decades, with outcomes that will be best for the children within the district.

Not only does this ruling save Buffalo taxpayers over $100 million, accordi

Buffalo Public School Student Artwork at Central Library

Buffalo Public School Student Artwork at Central Library

Looking for something to do with the family over Easter break?

Celebrating Art! 2011 is an exhibit of all student-created art at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.


With close to 200 art works representing K through 12 students in each school within the district, the entire community can witness for themselves the hard work and talent of Buffalo's youngest artists.

The exhibit opened on April 5 and will remain on display through May 5, 2011.  See the library site for hours of operation.

 

 

Rumore Says Cosmetic Surgery Rider Must be Negotiated

Rumore Says Cosmetic Surgery Rider Must be Negotiated

At the April 13th Buffalo Board of Education meeting, Chief Financial Officer Barbara J. Smith made a presentation in which she outlined projected $5.4 million cosmetic surgery costs for the 2010-11 school year.

The anticipated cost to taxpayers is down from last year’s $8.5 million, but the most stunning aspect of these latest figures include the fact that in one recent 12-month period, 60 members used over $30,000 each for a total of nearly $3 million according to Smith. Though a BlueCross BlueShield audit indicated no evidence of fraud or abuse with 10 providers sampled, those who render services have found ways to increase their client base through locations and offerings within the schools.  Cosmetic surgeons regularly advertise in the Buffalo Teacher’s Federation newsletter.

Several PLA Schools Will Make Changes Through State Models

Several PLA Schools Will Make Changes Through State Models

Several Buffalo Public Schools, designated as Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA), are making changes to fit State Department of Education guidelines that will net each school $2 million per year over 3 years in an effort to make each more successful and better serve its students.

At the April 13th board meeting, Superintendent Dr. James A. Williams and his staff presented the Buffalo Board of Education with their proposals of three types of transformations, as required by the State DOE.  The board agreed to the proposed changes (below), which will be submitted to the State Education Department for approval by May 2nd.

Transformation School:
School # 59 Charles R.

'Mirette' at BAVPA

'Mirette' at BAVPA

Set in 1890s Paris, “Mirette” tells of the most unusual friendship between a strong-willed ten year old girl and a jaded tightrope walker. Young Mirette is delighted when she discovers her mother’s grumpy new boarder is none other than the Great Bellini, whose glorious tight-rope-walking days were cut short when he lost his nerve.

Demonstrating an innate talent for balancing, Mirette convinces the reluctant Bellini (against her mother’s wishes) to teach her his craft. But when Bellini, determined not to disappoint the girl, stages a comeback performance only to find himself paralyzed with fear, it is Mirette who must climb the wire and help him regain his courage.