BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – For the first time since being named interim superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools earlier this month, families had the opportunity to ask Donald Oglivie questions about his plans.
“Change is always difficult so this is going to be a difficult process overall, but hopefully everything will be positive in the future,” said parent and teacher Rebecca Ryan.
Change is definitely something Oglivie promises for the district.
“I think everybody is aware that a huge transition is taking place. I am a part of it, but it will continue after me and I think we want to bring the temperature down and we want to get people in the habit of working together,” he said.
Right away, Oglivie plans to fill vacant positions. He also wants to attract and keep students through graduation, make it a delightful atmosphere for staff to come to work, and make the district a source of pride for Buffalo.
“I’m excited and interested to see the new developments,” said Ryan.
Tuesday night Oglivie answered questions from parents and staff who’ve dealt with the hardships in the district. Sam Radford, president of the District Parent Coordinating Council, has faith in Oglivie because he’s local and knows the challenges in front of him.
“He’s very intentional about dealing with what’s going on, everything from the need to deal with vocational schools and career and technical education to dealing with the racial divide in the district. His hands are full there is a lot of stuff to deal with but he doesn’t seem to be shying away from it,” said Radford.
Oglivie previously was the district superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES. He retired from that position on July 1.