New York State Board of Regents Approves Request to Add Grades 5-8 & Expand Facility
The New York State Board of Regents, at their February 22-23 meeting, approved WBCS’ request to expand its facility in order to serve fifth through eighth grade students. The expansion, estimated at $6-7 million, will add on to the current campus to accommodate new classroom, gymnasium and administration spaces for middle school students.
The Board of Regents approval is yet another sign of progress and revival in the city, particularly on the West Side. “Like D’Youville College’s recent growth and development, the WBCS expansion demonstrates the momentum and continuing resurgence on Buffalo’s West Side,” said Dr. Arup Sen, WBCS Board President and Vice President, Academic Affairs at D’Youville College. “The infusion of immigrant and refugee populations has helped fuel the demand for quality education and we are thrilled that we will now be able to serve even more of our neighborhood children.”
The request for expansion comes on the heels of positive academic and enrollment outcomes, as well as strong family support for the school’s delivery on its mission. “Our families have been asking for their children to be able to stay with us through eighth grade, and it really broke our hearts to say goodbye to our fourth graders at the end of last year,” said School Leader Andrea Todoro. “We look forward to providing an educational home for our students that can take them from kindergarten, through the all-important middle school years, and prepare them for success in high school.”
New grades will be phased in each year until grade eight, completed in 2019.