New School Year, New Superintendent for the Buffalo Public School District

September 5, 2012 Updated Sep 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 5, 2012 Updated Sep 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM EDT


BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Students in Western New York's largest school district started the new school year Wednesday. It's a new school year with big adjustments for the Buffalo Public School District. The district is now under the leadership of new Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown. Brown says she's determined to turn around the district, which has struggled with low graduation numbers and several under-performing schools.

"We can not do this work alone," said Brown. "One of the things I've been doing is getting out into the community and meeting individuals and organizations. Getting together to collaborate and combine all of our expertise."

Wednesday morning at the Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center, students were greeted by the drum music of performers with the African American Cultural Center. ELA and Math scores are significantly up in the school, so staffers wanted to keep the academic success going through encouragement.

"We thought, wow let's celebrate coming back to school," said Principal Dawn DiNatali. "We want kids to be exciting that they're coming back to learn and to celebrate our success."