John Hopkins, BPS closer to parting ways

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Johns Hopkins University is moving one step closer to ending its contract with Buffalo Public Schools.

The program aimed to help turn around East and Lafayette High Schools. Buffalo’s Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie says the university and district have reached an agreement that would release Hohns Hopkins from the contract. They’re now waiting for state approval.

The university signed on more than a year ago, at the height of the failing schools crisis.

Now that university officials are in the process of leaving, Ogilvie says they’ve implemented a contingency plan.

“The State Education Department will come in and they’ll take a look at what they see in those schools and we’ll talk about the different options. At this point the focus is having a good year,” he said.

Ogilvie wants parents to know the district is working to create a permanent plan to strengthen both schools.

Once the contract is canceled, $400,000 in school grants will be lost. Ogilvie says the money was used to pay Johns Hopkins.

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