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South Buffalo Charter School Unveils New $21 Million Building
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South Buffalo Charter School Unveils New $21 Million Building

800 K-8 students begin school on Monday

BUFFALO, NY – As students across the region rush to squeeze every drop of summer from the waning days of vacation, leaders from South Buffalo Charter School proudly celebrated the opening of its new school building on Thursday morning.

School officials were joined by Mayor Byron Brown, Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs and other area elected and education officials as they unveiled the new, $21 million, state-of-the-art K-8 building located at 154 South Ogden Street in the City of Buffalo. Gleaming with windows and beautifully-designed instructional, support and activity spaces, the school will provide an exceptional learning environment for the approximately 800 students who will begin school on Monday, August 25.

“This remarkable facility will soon be filled with young minds eager to learn, and that is when it will truly become a school,” said Brian Wiesinger, the new head of school at South Buffalo Charter School. “The 800 students whose families have made the choice to be part of the South Buffalo Charter School community expect and deserve an excellent education. This building, and the dedicated educators who work here, are here to make that possible.”

The 100,000-suare-foot school building features dedicated primary, intermediate and middle school areas, a full-service cafeteria, library, technology and computer labs, art studios, music and band areas, and other student-oriented spaces. Crews are putting the finishing touches on a 500-seat auditorium, and two gymnasium facilities, as well as new athletic fields, which will provide expanded inter-scholastic athletic opportunities for students. The project transformed a long-vacant former brownfield site into a world-class educational facility under the guidance of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Brownfield Cleanup Program.

The completed project represents the end of a long journey for South Buffalo Charter School, which had been located at 2219 South Park Ave. since first opening its doors in 2001. As the school’s enrollment continued to grow over the years, the former building began to present certain space and logistical challenges, making it impossible for the school to accommodate additional students or expand its educational programming. The need for new space and the desire to create new opportunities for students led the school’s leaders on an exhaustive five-year search for a suitable location for a new home. Today, those goals have finally been realized.

“Year after year, we watched our waiting list of interested students grow at every grade level, filled with families who were looking for something more for their children’s education – looking for a choice,” said James Neimeier, president of the South Buffalo Charter School board of trustees. “Charter schools were established to provide that choice. We are incredibly proud of what our students have accomplished over the years, and we are committed to providing them a school that would allow them to soar even higher. We are beyond excited to welcome them home.”

The new South Buffalo Charter School was designed by Stieglitz Snyder Architecture, and Cannon Construction Services served as the construction manager.

Chartered in 2000, South Buffalo Charter School was the second charter school to open in the Buffalo area. Students enjoy an enriching academic curriculum and a focus on character education. A public charter school, South Buffalo Charter School employs a longer school year than traditional public schools, as well as a uniform dress code. For more information, call (716) 826-7213 or visit www.southbuffalocs.org.

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