Burgard High School
Updated: Jan 6, 2021
On February 12, 2020, I visited Burgard High School. My visit began with a conversation with Principal Charlene Watson and Assistant Principal Andrew Drouin. It was immediately clear that Ms. Watson and Mr. Drouin were passionate about Burgard and their students. Ensuring that their students have adequate supports to be successful was high priority, including access to mental health professionals.
We then embarked on a tour and I have to say I was moved by physical composition of the building. Burgard has historical significance in Buffalo including it's role during World War II. I'm proud to say that my wife's late grandfather graduated from Burgard and went on to be a welder with the Ken-Ton School District.
On our tour, I visited several shop rooms, including auto shop and welding, as well another shop room where a student was operating a drill press. Interactions with staff and students were notably pleasant and I was impressed by the time-away room and its incorporation of restorative practices. You will see in images below that behavior and academic policies were quite clear and visible throughout the building.
If I had the opportunity to do it over again, Burgard High School would be on my list of high schools to attend. The vocational experiences certainly align with my interests. This is no doubt a school that prepares students to be college and CAREER ready.