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September 26, 2013

State of the district|Bianco says Niagara Falls School District is "good and improving"

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Niagara Gazette — "We must prepare not just most students, but every student, for success in our ever-changing world," she said.

One way the district will achieve its goals, she said, is by ensuring all of its staff is "highly effective" in the classroom. Providing teachers with the means of properly educating students only goes as far as how well the teachers implement what they have.

There are other factors to student success, too, she said. Some of the responsibility also falls on the shoulders of parents and guardians of the students, as well as the children themselves. 

She said that if the students stay in the district for three years or more, an issue the district faces due to the economic climate of Niagara Falls, the children will be able to perform at an acceptable level and be prepared for life after school, wherever that may be.

"If students stay with us through graduation, they will graduate ready for college, career and life," she said. "Parents and the school district must collaborate and work together to achieve student success. We must work together to close achievement gaps, to prevent students from dropping out and to raise the achievement level of all. It is our desire, it is our job."

Another positive aspect of the past year, she said, is the district's $67 million capital improvement project, approved by voters last September.

Though progress on the project is reported ahead of schedule, including the installation of artificial turf on three of nine athletic fields behind the high school, attention turned to paying bills related to the project Thursday.

The school board approved approximately $5.3 million in payments to its various contractors, along with 14 change orders associated with the project. Most notable among the change orders paid Thursday was a fix of underground pipes outside Kalfas Magnet School, which is expected to fix a continuous problem of sinking cement walkways.

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