The Buffalo Board of Education voted, 6-2, Wednesday to renew the charter of Enterprise Charter School for only a year, despite objections by school leaders who wanted a longer renewal period.
Enterprise Charter leaders had requested that the board delay its scheduled vote Monday to approve the one-year renewal plan, and board members Louis J. Petrucci and Jason M. McCarthy said they were inclined to honor that request.
However, board members Ralph R. Hernandez and Rosalyn L. Taylor stated that there was no reason to delay approval because it was clear that the state Board of Regents would not consider anything other than a one-year renewal for the school.
“The Board of Regents made it clear that they will only allow a one-year extension,” Hernandez said.
The School Board previously submitted applications to the state to renew the charter for Enterprise by three years. When that was rejected, the board asked for a two-year charter, which also was rejected.
The board ultimately voted to approve a charter for Enterprise that will keep it operating through the 2013-14 school year. All board members except Petrucci and McCarthy voted in favor.
In related charter school matters, Community Charter School was granted a temporary restraining order Friday by State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek preventing the state from shutting down the school at the end of this academic year.
The school received word last month that it would not receive a renewal of its charter because of its poor and declining performance. School leaders said they would fight the decision by the Board of Regents.
Finally, developer Carl P. Paladino spoke before the School Board following his landslide victory the night before in the election for the Park District seat. “I think the people of the city, in general, and especially the people of the Park District, sent out a very clear message to this board, the administration of this school system, that they want leadership,” he said.
Paladino admonished the superintendent and the board to take no action on the hiring, appointment or contract extension of any senior administrators until the new board is seated in July. He reiterated his demand that Superintendent Pamela C. Brown and board President Mary Ruth Kapsiak be investigated and required to resign for allegedly trying to “defraud” the state.
Paladino has repeatedly accused district leaders of deliberately violating the terms of the teacher-evaluation agreement between the district and the state by making and sanctioning an agreement with the Buffalo Teachers Federation not to use two years of evaluations as grounds to fire any teacher.
“There was no intent to commit fraud,” Brown responded.
She restated that the district will no longer adhere to the agreement with the union.