Parents can voice concerns over school changes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo School Board members will discuss the future of the former Pinnacle Charter School on Wednesday.

Last month parents were able to convince the board to delay a vote that would have merged the former Pinnacle School, which is now PS 115, into Harvey Austin Elementary School. A move that parents said they had very little warning about.

Last year the state education department took away the school’s license because of poor performance. Afterwards the Buffalo School District took over that building.

Many parents have been upset about the change since the beginning. At last month’s school board meeting, parents expressed how the change is affecting not only their children but them as well.

Pinnacle School Parent Natividad Salinas said, “What you are doing to my son hurts me and I’m one of the toughest dudes you will ever meet.”

Prior to the school board meeting, they are having a pair of public hearings at City Hall with the Board of Education members.

The 4 p.m. meeting is on the Charter School of Inquiry and the second meeting, at 4:30 p.m, is for the proposed Reach Academy. Both of those schools want to open for the 2015 school year.

The charter school hearings will be in room 801 of City Hall. The regular board meeting is in the 13th floor council chambers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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