BPS Officials Welcome in the School Year

Peoples-Stokes announces $500,000 is Bullet Aid

Brendan Keany
September 06, 2019 - 10:50 am

Brendan Keany

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BUFFALO (WBEN) - Numerous local officials gathered in front of Frederick Law Olmsted School on Friday morning to ring in the new school year.

"We are looking forward to another tremendously exciting school year filled with many, many accomplishments of all of our talented staff and students," said Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash.

Cash was asked about improving graduation rates, and he explained that there's still a ways to go in that regard.

"Graduation rate is a complex issue; it's always been, and it's different from state to state," he said. "It's all about your cohort and keeping track of that denominator and then the numerator. Where are the children once you know what your denominator is? We've had a challenge in making sure that we account for all of those in the numerator in the last couple of years, but we're closing that gap, and what we're also seeing is that children is that children who are in poverty and grow up in acute poverty are 13-times more likely to take longer than in four years, so we're improving on our five and six-year cohort rate..."

State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes was in attendance, and she brought some news from Albany.

"We are happy to not only celebrate the first day of school with you all but to acknowledge and announce that there will be an additional $500,000 in Bullet Aid that will be coming to the Buffalo Public School District so that you can further the cause of educating all of our young people," she said.

Cash discussed what the extra funding will go toward.

"With our school that's so underfunded in many ways, there is never enough money for children who are as brilliant and as talented as this, but the state has done great in the last several years with their funding of us," said Cash. "So, we need to fund and make more equal the arts programs across the city; we need to make sure that children have the supports, the counseling supports, the special education and ENL supports that we have in our school district, which is a high need student population, so there will be plenty of use for this Bullet Aid and $500,000."

Listen to the entire press conference below:

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