BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Donald Ogilvie is in line to become Buffalo’s new interim school superintendent. Ogilvie just retired last Tuesday as district superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES. His name will be introduced this Wednesday to the new Buffalo School Board. He is believed to have at least five of nine votes, enough to bring him in.
During his years with BOCES he worked with 19 school districts in western New York and worked directly with the State Education Department. New York Regent Bob Bennett says Ogilvie created some of the most successful programs in the state. He said he is noted for hiring highly competent people and then holding them accountable to high standards.
Buffalo School Board Jim Sampson tells News 4 why he is recommending Ogilviehe to the board. “He has very successful experience in operating very complex organizations and he comes in, I think, with a great deal of credibility with the State Education Department, which is very very critical to how this district operates.”
News 4 sources say Ogilvie’s possible choices for his cabinet might include current interim superintendent Dr. Will Keresztes, who would likely oversee operations. A highly qualified woman from outside the district is reportedly being considered for the position of Chief Academic Officer. Dr. David Mauricio might continue to oversee school leadership, while Barbara Smith would continue in her role as Chief Financial Officer. The position of Deputy Superintendent may take months to fill. Ogilvie may need time to decide who will be second in command.
Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore, whose union has been without a new contract for ten years said “I would have preferred to have somebody in-house become the new interim superintendent, but Rumore quickly added “I think Donald Ogilvie is somebody that knows the district and I think somebody I can work with.”
Sam Radford, who represents the interests of parents in the district,says Ogilvie is “somebody that’s willing and ready to partner with parents and see parents as an important part of what is needed for this district to be successful.”
The Buffalo School Board voted 7-2 to buy out the last year of former School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown’s contract. The buy-out totaled about $230,000, which is about what she would’ve received if she had stayed until the end of her contract plus $2,000 to consult her replacement over the next two months.