Saturday, November 6, 2010
Build Academy: What happened to the ideals and mission?
Build Academy is a unique school with an interesting history developed during the period of segregated schooling in the Buffalo Public Schools . Mr. William L. Gaiter was the executive director of the school. This film shows officials from the Buffalo Schools and Build Academy signing the documents that integrated the school largely as a result of an earlier class action law suit members of the NAACP had filed. The idea for Build Academy started in the 1960's established by 1966 later integrated in 1969. Mr. Gaiter commented Build used as a model for the Magnet school concept to integrate the Buffalo Schools.
In the film Mr. Gaiter said, " the purpose of Build was to fight for quality education for black students with the objectives to secure strong effective community participation in educational decision-making, to offer high quality education in the ghetto, and to develop more creative teachers."
Recently, some community members and parents involved with Build Academy raised concerns about the new principal Central Office transferred to the school at a Buffalo Board of Education meeting.
Dough Ruffin a documentary film maker founder of Urban Legacy Filmworks produced this film for the 40th anniversary of Build in 2009.