BUFFALO, NY - For the first time since 2004, attendance is up in the Buffalo Public School district.
Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown announced at a press conference that attendance was just shy of 91% last school year, compared to 89% the previous year. The latest number is the highest since nearly a decade.
Now the push is on in Buffalo to get every student in class on the first day of school and every day of the school year.
Mayor Byron Brown said he and the Common Council allocated $200,000 to ensure the hiring of more attendance teachers in the district. There are now 12 attendance teachers in Buffalo.
The district will continue to make phone calls to the homes of students with poor attendance. Some simple, yet practical things will also be done, said Nicole Bycina of Erie 1 BOCES, "meeting and greeting students at the door, making calls to parents, having competitions in classrooms so kids are pressuring each other