Niagara Falls City School District was recently ranked #92 out of 97 based on four years of test data from the New York State Education Department ... Just last month, a completely state funded capital budget plan was passed that total approx. 67 million dollars of improvements and new construction of already sufficient school buildings, installation of artificial turf fields in 3 locations, and new technologies. The artificial turf fields are proposed to contingent upon funds approval from the Niagara Greenway Commission. From my studies I've learned that its not necessarily the schools inability to educate students but rather the negative and unstable environment at home of children attending the school that generally predetermines their academic achievement. With this being said, why spend 6 million dollars of Greenway Funds on artificial turf fields (I'm an athlete, therefore I am not bias in this statement) when 6 million dollars would be better spend alleviating the true root of poor academic achievement with neighborhood stabilization and revitalization strategies. Let's just say the average cost of demolition is 20k (Buffalo spent $16,040 per house in 2007), with 6 million dollars, the City of Niagara Falls would be able to tear down 300 vacant buildings. If paired with a good land bank that acquires, manages, maintains, and repurposes vacant, abandoned, and foreclosed properties, we'd be able to dramatically alter the character of several neighborhoods around the city ... Spend Greenway Funds on Projects that Have a Widespread Impact.