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Build Academy to be run by independent receiver

One Buffalo school on a state watch list has not made enough progress and now faces a takeover by an outside entity.

Build Academy, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school on Fougeron Street, is one of the 15 Buffalo schools in receivership, but it is the only one that did not make "demonstrable" improvement, the state Education Department said Tuesday.

That means the school will now be placed under an independent receiver.

In fact, Build was one of only two schools in the state that failed to show progress, the state said.

The receivership law – proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and passed by state lawmakers in 2015 – gave superintendents sole control of these targeted schools along with unprecedented powers to turn them around. That includes the ability to bypass the union contract and involuntarily transfer teachers.

Schools that are among the bottom 5 percent in the state for three consecutive years are placed in receivership. They can be removed once they meet certain performance targets for two straight years and their status is upgraded.

Among the receivership schools in Buffalo that showed improvement were: Hamlin Park; Charles Drew Magnet; Frank Sedita School; D'Youville-Porter Campus; West Hertel;  Herman Badillio; International Preparatory School; Lydia T. Wright; Harvey Austin; and Marva J. Daniels Futures Preparatory School.

Riverside, East, Lafayette and Bennett high schools also are on the receivership list but those schools are either being phased out or have been closed, and replaced with a new school program and model.


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