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September 30, 2013

HIGGS: New high school transforms school district

Niagara Gazette — OK, it’s now the year 2000 and the new Niagara Falls High School has been established at 4455 Porter Road in Niagara Falls.

This school was opened in September 2000 and is the city’s only public high school. There are approximately 2,400 students under one roof as the building project culminated in the merger of the “old” Niagara Falls High School and the former LaSalle High School. Fortunately the two populations meshed without incident and any worries proved unfounded.

The new school provides students with their own television production program and cable-access channel and a Performing Arts Center that rivals a Broadway theater. The “Our Schools Channel” is an educational access channel created by media director Rich Meranto. Wikipedia continues “The programming that it creates or accepts from schools and colleges to be broadcast is educational in nature. The station is operated by students who are part of the Media Production Program. The school website states that many foreign visitors have walked these halls of learning to gain insight of the academic programs offered and to experience the building in person. The building offers health and other human services in addition to the academics. Community events are hosted in the theater (note: it is no longer called an auditorium) and its spacious gymnasium.”

Owned by and operated under the auspices of the Niagara Falls City School District, the current Superintendent is Cynthia Bianco with a faculty of approximately 130. The new school was placed sort of mid-center of the city and nearly all of the students are bused on a daily basis.

The Niagara Gazette published a 10-year look at accomplishments during 2010 authored by Nick Mattera, a former reporter. He wrote what everyone now knows that “the former high school was crumbling the roofs leaked and the teachers and students were not working and learning in quality conditions.”

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