Pinnacle Interviews Completed

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

Former Pinnacle Charter School students are ready to start school Monday, September 9th but will the school be ready for them?

"It's definitely a short turnaround but certainly we have a lot of good people who are working really hard to make sure we have everything we need in the building ready to go," said Barbara Smith, Chief Financial and Operating Officer of the Buffalo Public School District.

The state decided earlier this year not to renew Pinnacle's charter over poor academic standards.

Rather than have the school shut down, the Buffalo school district agreed to step in and run the school.

The district anticipates mostly all of the current 540 students will return, now the new teachers and administrative staff have just two days to prepare.

"What will have to happen tomorrow and Friday is a full professional development for all the teachers on our curriculum. We're getting the materials and the classrooms are going to be set up and operational," said Smith.

Smith tells Eyewitness News the majority of teachers from Pinnacle have been re-hired even though laid off Buffalo public school teachers had first priority.

Kevin Eberle, former principal at International Preparatory School at Grover has been named the acting principal for now until the district formally posts the position.

Pinnacle will have to align itself with another Buffalo public school but one has yet to be chosen.

"They're really trying to match up the data as far as those students and our students to make sure what makes the most sense for accountability purposes physical location," explained Smith.

This arrangement is for one year only.

Another change parents and students will see come Monday is a shorter school day. School starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.