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Peacemakers may get contract to keep anti-violence role in city schools

Buffalo Peacemakers may end up playing a more formal role with the Buffalo Public Schools.

The anti-violence and gang-intervention group had a "very promising" meeting Nov. 9 with Superintendent Kriner Cash after last month's School Board meeting when the group sought $35,000 in funding to help provide safe passage for students, said Pastor James Giles, group organizer.

The organization the past four years has provided safe passage for students by placing volunteers at key intersections after school, but the program has evolved and become costly. Mayor Byron W. Brown provided $35,000 this year.

Giles said the superintendent was committed to the Peacemakers' work and indicated a contract and funding would be forthcoming, as well as the possibility of a more expansive role with the district's resource officers.


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