South Buffalo Charter School has hired a new leader.
Brian Wiesinger, who was previously principal at Buffalo's Burgard High School for four years, will begin his new position Aug. 18.
"Brian is a dedicated educator and administrator, and an innovative leader," said James Neimeier, president of the charter school's board of trustees. "His approach to education and his ability to foster a culture based on responsibility, collaboration and accountability blend well with the principles upon which South Buffalo Charter School has been built.
During Wiesinger's time at Burgard, graduation rates for all students doubled and daily attendance rose from 67 to 83 percent. Regents test scores improved, while short- and long-term suspensions decreased.
Wiesinger also helped secure a partnership with the SUNY College of Technology at Alfred State to help train students in auto technology, welding and CNC machining. Alfred received a $3.2 million Buffalo Billion state grant to support the project.
Wiesinger will take over South Buffalo Charter School as it opens its new $21 million K-8 building this year. The 100,000-square-foot building at 154 Ogden St. will house approximately 800 students. The school was forced to move from its previous location at 2219 South Park Ave., because of space issues caused by increasing enrollment.
"As a school community, we have an incredible opportunity to not only open a beautiful new building, but to create an environment that breeds student enrichment, student engagement, and continuous student achievement," Wiesinger said.