Board may name new interim superintendent for BPS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new interim superintendent could bring changes to the Buffalo School District.

Sources tell News 4 that Donald Ogilvie, the former head of Erie 1 BOCES, will take over the position on Wednesday. His choices for his cabinet might include some familiar names, including current interim superintendent Will Keresztes to oversee operations and Barbra Smith staying on as chief financial officer. The position of deputy superintendent, second in command, may take months to fill.


Timeline:
Back in 2005, the district brought Dr. James Williams on board. He resigned in 2011.

Amber Dixon took over as interim superintendent for the 2011-2012 school year. She wanted the job permanently but lost out to Dr. Pamela Brown.

Dr. Brown’s two-year tenure was a rocky one. She resigned this past June.

Assistant Superintendent Will Keresztes took over on a temporary basis last month.

Wednesday, Ogilvie, will move into the pressure-packed position. It’s a move parents and educators hope will finally bring some stability to the city’s schools.


Sources also say Ogilvie, who is coming from outside the board, may bring some other newcomers with him.

Ogilvie has decades of experience and has worked directly with the state education department.

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore said, “I would have preferred to have somebody in house, but I think Donald Ogilvie is somebody that knows the district and I think somebody I can work with.”

District Parent Coordinating Council President Sam Radford said, “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.”

Radford met Ogilvie earlier this week, and says he came away with a great first impression.

The board is set to meet Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

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