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Long-term suspensions spike in Buffalo schools; how did your school fare?

The latest suspension figures from the Buffalo Public Schools (those for 2011-12, through Nov. 30, 2011) show short-term suspensions district-wide about the same as they were the previous year -- and show a 71 percent increase in long-term suspensions, year to date.

Short-term suspensions are one to five days long and are assigned by a building administrator. Long-term suspensions are more than five days long and can be assigned only by the superintendent or a designee.

Students in hallwayAssociate Superintendent Will Keresztes attributes much of the increase in long-term suspensions to increased vigilance by principals in reporting cases of bullying and intimidation.

"Principals are reporting them to me instead of handling pretty intense cases of bullying under their own jurisdiction," he said. "As principals they are following my advice: have a superintendent’s hearing. This is one consequence of being a lot more vigilant about that type of behavior."

He also said he asked principals this year to report incidents that occur off campus, at bus stops and subway stations and so on.

"And we’re holding hearings on [off-campus incidents] because for the most part we believe they’re school-related," he said. "I think this year will reflect a little more robust reporting. It also gives us motivation to do as much as possible to reduce suspensions."

Keresztes noted that the 2011-12 data began tracking suspensions in July -- as opposed to September, when the 2010-11 data began tracking them. That accounts for an additional 30 to 40 suspensions in the current year's data, he said.

(Note: The district will be holding three public hearings to gather input regarding suspensions. They are at: noon Jan. 9 at Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.; 5 p.m. Jan. 9 at Waterfront School, 95 Fourth St.; and 6 p.m. Jan. 12 at Waterfront School.)

Want to know how your school fared?

Here are the details, school by school. Listed first are short-term suspensions, followed by a list of long-term suspensions.

Short-term suspensions more than doubled from the same period last year at eight of 56 schools for which information was provided. The biggest increase was at Hillery Park, where there were 38 short-term suspensions through the end of November 2011 -- compared to seven the year before during the same period.

School number School Short-term suspensions through 11/30/11 Short-term suspensions through 11/30/10 Change
3 D'Youville Porter 3 1 200%
6 BEST 58 39 49%
17 Early Childhd Ctr 17 21 15 40%
18 Pantoja 50 19 163%
19 Native Am Magnet 23 38 -39%
27 Hillery Park 38 7 443%
30 Frank Sedita 143 73 96%
31 Harriett Ross Tubman 154 69 123%
32 Bennett Park 62 32 94%
33 Bilingual Center 33 17 10 70%
37 Futures Academy   102  
39 MLK 80 46 74%
43 Lovejoy Discovery 51 54 -6%
45 Intl School 45 19 63 -70%
53 Community Schl 53 35 69 -49%
54 Blackman 32 38 -16%
56 Olmsted 56 22 15 47%
59 Drew Science Magnet 60 28 114%
61 Early Childhd Ctr 61 17 7 143%
64 Olmsted 64      
65 Roosevelt      
66 North Park Middle 92 131 -30%
67 Discovery 6 18 -67%
69 Houghton 27 60 -55%
72 Lorraine 10 63 -84%
74 Hamlin Park 15 20 -25%
76 Badillo 40 82 -51%
79 Grabiarz 119 113 5%
80 Highgate Heights 48 33 45%
81 School 81 15 37 -59%
82 Early Childhd Ctr 82      
84 Erie Co Health Ctr      
89 Wright 11 30 -63%
90 Drew ECC 90 21 6 250%
91 BUILD 76 61 25%
93 Southside 94 145 -35%
94 West Hertel 9 55 -84%
95 Waterfront 132 126 5%
97 Austin 38 25 52%
99 Makowski 31 18 72%
187 Performing Arts 47 31 52%
195 City Honors 5 4 25%
197 MST Prep 76 43 77%
198 International Prep 20    
200 Bennett 265 194 37%
204 Lafayette 28 26 8%
205 Riverside 311 346 -10%
206 South Park 77 97 -21%
212 da Vinci 8 2 300%
301 Burgard 192 195 -2%
302 Emerson 8 24 -67%
304 Hutch Tech   4 -100%
305 McKinley 103 111 -7%
307 East 217 188 15%
402 OTC 3    
415 Middle Early College 8 9 -11%
  Total: 3037 3022 0%

 

Long-term suspensions more than doubled, as compared to last year during the same period, at 21 schools. The biggest increase was at Lafayette, where there had been two long-term suspensions in the first three months of last school year, compared to 27 during that period in 2011-12.

School number School Long-term suspensions through 11/30/11 Long-term suspensions through 11/30/10 Change
3 D'Youville Porter 6 1 500%
6 BEST 7 7 0%
17 Early Childhd Ctr 17 4 2 100%
18 Pantoja 7 2 250%
19 Native Am Magnet 1 1 0%
27 Hillery Park 13    
30 Frank Sedita 18 9 100%
31 Harriett Ross Tubman 10 4 150%
32 Bennett Park 5 4 25%
33 Bilingual Center 33 6 3 100%
37 Futures Academy 13 9 44%
39 MLK 2 4 -50%
43 Lovejoy Discovery 5 4 25%
45 Intl School 45 1 14 -93%
53 Community Schl 53 7 5 40%
54 Blackman 2 1 100%
56 Olmsted 56 10 7 43%
59 Drew Science Magnet 11 5 120%
61 Early Childhd Ctr 61 4 4 0%
64 Olmsted 64      
65 Roosevelt 3    
66 North Park Middle 7 6 17%
67 Discovery 1 1 0%
69 Houghton 2 1 100%
72 Lorraine 17 15 13%
74 Hamlin Park 23 9 156%
76 Badillo 8 10 -20%
79 Grabiarz 9 10 -10%
80 Highgate Heights 6 3 100%
81 School 81 1 2 -50%
82 Early Childhd Ctr 82 2 1 100%
84 Erie Co Health Ctr      
89 Wright 5 4 25%
90 Drew ECC 90 2 1 100%
91 BUILD 24 16 50%
93 Southside 7 8 -13%
94 West Hertel 3 9 -67%
95 Waterfront 3 6 -50%
97 Austin 4 4 0%
99 Makowski 12 1 1100%
187 Performing Arts 10 5 100%
195 City Honors 1 1 0%
197 MST Prep 24 13 85%
198 International Prep 17 11 55%
200 Bennett 70 22 218%
204 Lafayette 27 2 1250%
205 Riverside 28 13 115%
206 South Park 22 10 120%
212 da Vinci 1    
301 Burgard 74 44 68%
302 Emerson 17 14 21%
304 Hutch Tech 14 5 180%
305 McKinley 46 21 119%
307 East 31 37 -16%
350 The Academy @ 40 10    
351 The Academy@ 44 10    
402 OTC      
415 Middle Early College 5 6 -17%
  Total 678 397 71%

- Mary Pasciak

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