The State Education Department sent a letter to the district today (Tuesday) informing the superintendent that its July 1 application for millions in federal grant money for Highgate Heights Elementary School No. 80 is incomplete and deficient in numerous areas.
The letter represents another knock against the district's ability to consistently meet state requirements when submitting its grant applications for millions in federal school turnaround money. Its repeated failure to submit approvable applications for Lafayette and East high schools is what's landed the district in its current mad scramble to meet unpredecented mandates by State Education Commissioner John King.
Unlike Lafayette and East, however, the application for Highgate Heights was only the district's first application attempt. In response to prior criticism that the state has not provided Buffalo sufficient guidance to submit stronger grant applications, the state painstakingly listed seven specific deficiencies in the Highgate Heights application.
The letter is posted below. The district has until Aug. 12 to resubmit its application for funding.
A reminder that the school board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts School to discuss King's mandates regarding Lafayette and East and the partnership with Erie 1 BOCES.
The News will live blog the meeting. In the meantime, a reminder that I'm officially on Twitter. You can find me @BNschoolzone