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Fire alarm trumps student transfer information in "Hey, Martha" moment

The most interesting thing that happened at Wednesday's Buffalo school board committee meeting was probably the fire alarm. It forced board members and administrators to trudge down eight flights of steps and get whipped by the wind outside as firefighters struggled in vain to turn off the blaring fire alarm system at City Hall.

Who knows when's the last time, if ever, that board members actually took a vote on a sidewalk in the darkness to adjourn its meeting?

But in terms of actual board business, we give the nod to district's comprehensive breakdown of the 2,000+ students who requested transfers from underperforming schools into schools in good standing with the state.  (For a minute-by-minute meeting breakdown, see the previous blog post.)

The report, presented by Will Keresztes, the district's chief of student support services, provides an enlightening view of who requested transfers and from where they came. It also details where all the transferred students have been placed so far, as of the end of August. Up to 500 students may be transferred by February. Here's a copy of the complete report:

 

Student transfer report as of 8-30-13

 

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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

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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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