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Buffalo school in Forbes Magazine - really!

Anyone flipping through this month's issue of Forbes Magazine may have come across a surprisingly familiar looking building -- Grover Cleveland High School.

The school, which now houses International Prep on the West Side, wasn't part of any school ranking list of popular schools for the rich.

Instead it was featured in a full-page ad for Johnson Controls, which contracted with the city to retrofit and upgrade Buffalo's lighting and climate-control systems for its schools as part of the multiyear reconstruction effort. The ad claims it is saving the district $71 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.

Hmm. $71 million. A lot of things the district could do with that money...

Meanwhile, a reminder that the Buffalo school board will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in Waterfront School, 95 Fourth Street, to discuss the state commissioner's letter regarding East and Lafayette high schools, and to discuss a career-technical education program associated with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

I intend to live blog that meeting so please come back to the School Zone blog tomorrow to see it.

Here's the Johnson Controls ad from Forbes:

Grover Cleveland HS ad

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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