Paladino Disagrees with Boards Decision to Keep Failing Schools Open

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT

Buffalo- During a special meeting last night, the Buffalo School Board voted 8 to 1 to approve of Johns Hopkins University as the tool to turn around Lafayette and East High Schools.

School Board President Barbara Nevergold says the best option for the schools, which struggle with language barriers among other issues, is to keep them running but with a little bit of change.

Park District Board Member Carl Paladino disagrees and was the only board member to vote against the plan.

He says the board should close the schools in an effort to be more cost effective.

Nevergold says the students will have the option to take classes at BOCES which can provide supplemental career training programs that the district can't.

The schools were on the chopping block as a result of low graduation rates as well as other issues.

The state still has to accept the board's proposal, and if it passes-the implementation will cost the district more than $2 million.