Special Meeting to Address Failing Schools

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The deadline for a plan to fix the failing East and Lafayette High Schools is due by midnight on Tuesday morning.

A special meeting Monday at Noon will hone in on the plans, details and contracts being drawn up in an effort to save East and Lafayette High Schools.

Right now, Superintendent Pamela Brown has a two part plan that has already been approved by the school board.

The first part turns over management of the schools to Johns Hopkins University. The second part allows students to take career and technical training programs offered through BOCES after school.

About a month ago, the State Education Commissioner sent a mandate turning over control to Erie County BOCES. That idea did not resonate well with many teachers, students and parents.

Monday's special meeting will look at the contracts drawn up with Johns Hopkins University and BOCES, as well as the Superintendent's plans to fix the schools.

Both schools have graduation rates below 30-percent.

If the state does not approve a plan, both East and Lafayette High Schools could be forced to close.

The special meeting will take place at Noon at City Hall.