School Board Votes on How To Improve Low Performing Schools

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 8:51 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 8:51 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Buffalo School Board voted on a new plan for improving low performing schools at Wednesday's meeting.

In Futures Academy and Drew Science Magnet Schools, the board voted to use the Turnaround Model, which would require replacing half of the teachers at each school.

At Lafayette High School, the board said that John Hopkins University would come in to work on improvements for the school. John Hopkins will also be taking over improvement efforts at East High School.

A group called "Research to Practice" group will work at low performing Buffalo Elementary School of Technology. Canisius College will run Waterfront Elementary School.

The board did vote last night but not before getting feedback from stakeholders at each school.

"We asked each school to work with staff, teachers and parents to come up with a turnaround plan. A turnaround-plan being how would you change your school to get the dramatic change and increase in student achievement. We didn't go to the sight base for the vote because it's this board that makes the final decision. " Interim School Board President Amber Dixon said.

As for a seventh school, Bilingual Center School 33, the board delayed their decision. They will meet Friday at 2:30 p.m. to discuss and vote on the future of that school.