Buffalo School Superintendent Wants to be more Accessible

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM EDT

Buffalo,NY
(WKBW)

Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela Brown held her first in a series of regular news briefings on the state of city schools.

Thursday Dr. Pamela Brown, Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools focused on building up Queen City pre-school programs.

She covered a number of topics including a new $740,000 grant that will allow the district to increase the number of pre-k classes offered.

The district is rolling out a new leadership institute thanks to a new $440,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math grant.

When it comes to questions about the graduation and drop out rates she released some preliminary numbers that look promising.

"We had about an eight percentage point gain in our graduation rates. Our dropout rate was decreased from about 31 or 32 percent the previous year to about 23 percent," explained Dr. Brown.

Brown also talked about other accomplishments including the district taking over Pinacle Charter school and instituting turnaround plans for East and Lafayette High schools.