Parents Fight For Buffalo Public School 61

February 7, 2011 Updated Feb 7, 2011 at 1:37 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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February 7, 2011 Updated Feb 7, 2011 at 1:37 PM EDT

Budget cuts across the state including right here in the City of Buffalo may cause some schools to close their doors. This has parents fighting back.

The F.A.T.H.E.R.S organization or Fathers Armed Together to Help Educate, Restore and Save headed a protest in front of the school to show their opposition to its closure.

Matthew Brown is a member of the F.A.T.H.E.R.S organization.

"You take our kids school away you take our neighborhood away and our kids have nowhere else to go," Brown said.

Brown's children are just three of nearly 400 students that may have to change schools if the Buffalo School Board decides school number 61 will be on the chopping block come next September.

"This year we're facing with the Governors plan a $16.1 million deficit," Buffalo School Board President Ralph Hernandez said.

School 61 is just one of a handful of school being considered for closure in Buffalo but parents said this school should not even be on the list because of its many recent accomplishments.

"Students are doing well and we have awards from Albany for their wonderful achievements," parent Sheila Boucher said.

If the school does closed the kids would be bused all over the city. Many parents said it will not only give the kids a disadvantage but it will further hurt a community already struggling.

"A school in a poor neighborhood such as this it's a jewel, a diamond in the rough," parent Leonard Lane said.

The President of the School Board Ralph Hernandez said there is good news. The closure is not even close to a done deal and members of the board are also fighting to keep these schools up and running.

"I wouldn't say it is time to pull the panic switch on 61 there are a lot of work to be done before the we make a decision." Hernandez said.

The issue will be further discussed at a meeting Tuesday at 6pm in the school auditorium.