Parents of former Pinnacle Charter School students will meet at 5:30 p.m. today to organize against Buffalo school district plans to move their children to struggling Harvey Austin School 97.
Pinnacle was shut down for low student performance. The building was taken over by the Buffalo school district last August and renamed School 115. In April, the district upset parents by announcing plans to relocate the former Pinnacle students to Harvey Austin, one of the district’s chronically low-performing elementary schools.
Harvey Austin was supposed to be closed, restructured and “relaunched” as a new school in good standing by this fall, but those plans fell in March. Parents of Pinnacle students have been scrambling to find alternative placements for their children ever since.
District Parent Coordinating Council President Samuel Radford III said the Pinnacle parents have already submitted more than 200 petitions protesting the merger with Harvey Austin to interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie. Board member Carl Paladino has also submitted a resolution that would allow the former Pinnacle students to stay at School 115 for another year.
Thursday’s parent meeting will be held in the Community Action Organization’s Masten Resource Center at 1423 Fillmore Ave. Afterward, parents are expected to take their case to the school board and to the state to continue the fight against the Harvey Austin relocation.