Buffalo Public Schools

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Buffalo Public Schools
Putting children & families first to ensure high academic achievement for all."
Type and location
Type Public
Grades Pre-K-12 and Adult education
Established 1838
Region Erie County, WNY
Location 712 City Hall, Buffalo, New York, United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 42°53′11.73″N 78°52′45.49″W / 42.8865917°N 78.8793028°W / 42.8865917; -78.8793028Coordinates: 42°53′11.73″N 78°52′45.49″W / 42.8865917°N 78.8793028°W / 42.8865917; -78.8793028
District information
Superintendent Donald A. Oglivie [Interim]

High School:18

Adult Ed:2
Budget $798,200,000[1]
Students and staff
Teachers 2860.6 (FTE)[2]
Staff 2142.7 (FTE)[2]
Student-teacher ratio 12.8:1[2]
Other information
Website www.buffaloschools.org

Buffalo Public Schools serves approximately 47,000 students in Buffalo, New York, the second largest city in the state of New York. It is located in Erie County of western New York and operates nearly 70 facilities.[3]


The Buffalo Public School System was started in 1838, 13 years after the completion of the Erie Canal and only 6 years after the 1832 incorporation of the City of Buffalo. Buffalo was the first city in the state of New York to have a free public education system supported by local taxes. Although New York City had a free public education system prior to 1838, NYC obtained additional funding through private donations and sources.[4]

Buffalo Public School's first Superintendent of Schools, Oliver Gray Steele (1805–1879), was a prominent and successful business man. Originally from Connecticut, Steele relocated to Buffalo in 1827. He held three different terms as Superintendent between 1838 and 1852, during which twelve new elementary facilities were built, bringing the total to 15 elementary buildings. A building for a dedicated high school was also purchased during this time. Steele is credited as being the "Father of the Public Schools of Buffalo" as his reorganization of the schools in Buffalo enabled children to have access to a free public education.[4] Over 35 people have held the position of Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools since that time.

Former Superintendents[edit]

Previous assignment and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Mr. Oliver G. Steele–1838-1839[5]
  • Mr. Silas Kingsley–1839-1841[5]
  • Mr. Samuel Caldwell–1841-1844[5]
  • Mr. Elias S. Hawley–1843-1845[5]
  • Mr. Oliver Steele–1845-1846[5]
  • Mr. Daniel Bowen–1846-1847[5]
  • Mr. Elias Hawley–1847-1849[5]
  • Mr. Daniel Bowen–1849-1850[5]
  • Mr. Henry K. Veile–1850-1851[5]
  • Mr. Oliver Steele–1851-1852[5]
  • Mr. Victor M. Rice–1852-1854[5]
  • Mr. Ephraim F. Cook–1854-1858[5]
  • Mr. Joseph Warren–1858-1860[5]
  • Mr. Sanford B. Hunt–1860-1862[5]
  • Mr. John B. Sackett–1862-1864[5]
  • Mr. Henry D. Garvin–1864-1866[5]
  • Mr. John S. Fosdick–1866-1868[5]
  • Mr. Samuel Slade–1868-1870[5]
  • Mr. Thomas Lathrop–1870-1872[5]
  • Mr. Joseph Larned–1872-1874[5]
  • Mr. William S. Rice–1874-1878[5]
  • Mr. Christopher G. Fox–1878-1882[5]
  • Mr. James F. Crooker–1882-1891[5]
  • Mr. William H. Love–1891-1892[5]
  • Mr. Henry P. Emerson–1892-1918[5]
  • Mr. Ernest C.Hartwell–1918-1935[5]
  • Mr. Robert T. Pabst–1935-1950[5]
  • Mr. Benjamin Willis–1950-1952[5] (unknown, named Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools)
  • Mr. Parmer L. Ewing–1952-1957[5]
  • Mr. Joseph Manch–1957-1975[5] (Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services - Buffalo Public Schools, retireD)
  • Mr. Eugene T. Reville–1975-1989[5] (Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services - Buffalo Public Schools, named Superintendent of Pulaksi County Public Schools)
  • Mr. Albert Thompson–1989-1996[5] (Deputy Superintendent of Finance, Personnel and Research - Buffalo Public Schools, retired)
  • Dr. James Harris–1996-2000[5] (Superintendent - North Chicago CUSD 187, named Superintendent of Inglewood Unified School District)
  • Mrs. Marian V. Cañedo–2000-2004[5] (Associate Superintendent of Curriculum - Buffalo Public Schools, retired)
  • Mrs. Yvonne Hargrave [interim]–2004-2005 (Chief Academic Officer - Buffalo Public Schools, retired)
  • Dr. James A. Williams–2005-2011 (Superintendent - Dayton Public Schools, retired)
  • Ms. Amber M. Dixon [interim]–2011-2012 (Executive Director of Special Projects - Buffalo Public Schools, retired)
  • Dr. Pamela C. Brown–2012-2014 (Assistant Superintendent - Philadelphia City School District, forced resignation)


Board of education[edit]

The Board of Education of the Buffalo City School District is the policy-making body for the Buffalo Public Schools,[6] as provided by the Constitution of the State of New York, and is under the general supervision of the New York State Education Department.[7] The board consists of 9 members elected by popular vote of District residents.

Board Members (2014-2015 Academic Year)[edit]

    • Mr. James Sampson:West District/Representative President
    • Dr. Theresa Harris-Tigg:Vice President of Student Achievement/East District Representative
    • Mr. Jason M. McCarthy:Vice President of Executive Affairs/North District Representative
    • Mrs. Sharon Belton-Cottman: Ferry District Representative
    • Mrs. Patti Bowers Pierce:Member-at-Large
    • Mrs. Mary Ruth Kapsiak, Ed.M, S.D.A:Central District Representative
    • Mr. Carl Paladino:Park District Representative
    • Mr. Larry Quinn:Member-at-Large
    • Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold:Member-at-Large
    • Ms. Bicana Brown:Student Board Member

Superintendent & Advisory Cabinet[edit]

    • Mr. Donald A. Ogilvie:Interim Superintendent of Schools
    • Ms. Linda Cimusz:Chief Academic Officer
    • Mrs. Barbara J. Smith:Chief Financial and Operating Officer
    • Mr. Darren J. Brown:Chief of Talent Management
    • Mr. Sanjay Giles:Chief Technology Officer
    • Dr. Will Keresztes:Associate Superintendent of Student Support
    • Dr. David Mauricio:Associate Superintendent of School Leadership
    • Ms. Casandra Wright:Associate Superintendent of School Leadership
    • Ms. Peggy Boorady:Associate Superintendent of School Leadership
    • Dr. Genelle E. Morris:Assistant Superintendent of Accountability/Chief Information Officer
    • Dr. Mary Pauly:Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment & Leadership
    • Dr. Monica Peoples:Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
    • Ms. Elena Cala:Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Community Relations
    • Ms. Rashondra Martin:General Counsel
    • Dr. Judith Elliott:Distinguished Educator
    • Mr. Aubrey T. Lloyd III:Director of Athletics
    • Dr. Mark Frazier:Director of Student Placement and Registration
    • Mr. Joseph Giusiana:Executive Director of Plant Services
    • Mr. James Kane:Executive Director of Operational Services


Primary Schools[edit]

List of Primary Schools
P.S. # School Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principal(s) Low Grade High Grade Enrollment Specialty Programs
3 D'Youville Porter Campus School Front Park Sharon Brown [Interim] Freddy Barrera PreK 8 712
6 Buffalo Elementary School of Technology Willert Park Karen Piotrowski LeeQuisha Jacobs
Patrick Cook
PreK 8 605 Technology integration into content areas
17 Early Childhood Center 17 Delaware District Contann Dabney Carrie Myers PreK 4 448
18 Dr. Antonia Pantoja Community School of Academic Excellence Front Park Valarie Kent Mary Orser PreK 8 514
19 Native American Magnet School Grant Ferry Linda Brancatella Bogdan Kotnis PreK 8 551
27 Hillery Park Elementary Seneca Maria Fasolino Marguerite Schmidt PreK 8 674
30 Frank A. Sedita Academy Front Park Dawn DiNitale Demario Strickland
Katie Schuta
PreK 8 794
31 Harriet Ross Tubman School Emslie Heather Short-English Barry Ifedigbo
Jon Veenis
PreK 8 442
32 Bennett Park Montessori Willert Park Pauletta Stines Marianna Cecchini
Diane Sauer
PreK 8 856 Montessori education structure
33 Bilingual Center First Ward Miguel Medina Sara Call
Robert Roberts
PreK 8 494 Designated for bilingual students
37 Marva J. Daniel Futures Preparatory School Medical Park Tonja Williams Michelle Reczek
Serena Restivo
PreK 8 525 Single-gender classrooms in junior high grades
39 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Institute Medical Park Ramona Reynolds Cindy Clarke
Darryl King
PreK 8 641
43 Lovejoy Discovery School Lovejoy Maria Miller Carolyn Singletary PreK 8 635
45 International School Grant Ferry Lynn Piccirillo Kathy Jamil
Kevin Garcia
PreK 6 780 Designated for international/refugee students
53 Community School Kingsley June Clark Donald White PreK 8 424
54 Dr. George E. Blackman School of Excellence Parkside Geneive Jones-Johnson Greg Johnson PreK 4 533
59 Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet MLK Park Denisca Thompson Mark Shoemaker
Tara Sims
3 8 422 Science-based curriculum in elementary grades
59A Annex 59 Broadway-Fillmore Denisca Thompson Katie Rowell PreK 4 366 Annex to School 59
61 Early Childhood Center 61 Leroy Laura Harris Carolyn Nero PreK 4 307
64 Frederick Law Olmsted School Park Meadow Nora Trincanati Parette Walker PreK 4 599 Gifted & Talented & Language Immersion Programs
65 Roosevelt Early Childhood Center Riverside Tracie-Michele Lewis Kristin Reeves PreK 4 286
66 North Park Middle Academy North Park Shanie Keelean David Thomas
Carla Graves
5 8 326
67 Discovery School South Abbott Mary Jo Conrad Amy Chavez [interim] PreK 8 606 Hands-On/Inquiry Learning Focus
69 Houghton Academy Kaisertown Elaine Vandi Mary Lou Reil PreK 8 486
72 Lorraine Elementary Abbott McKinley Sharon McCormick [interim] Andrew Drouin PreK 8 532
74 Hamlin Park School Hamlin Park Liz Giangreco Ginna Wilson PreK 8 546
76 Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy Columbus Kathy Foy Carol Smith
Rafael Perez
PreK 8 764 Designated for bilingual students
79 William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence Military Gregory Mott Michael Ryndak PreK 8 527
80 Highgate Heights Elementary Kensington Gayle Irving-White PreK 8 517
81 School 81 North Park Nick Klaich Denise Cobbs
Rebecca Ryan
Ryan Shepherd
PreK 8 805
82 Early Childhood Center 82 Kenfield Denise McPhatter Margaret Wantuck PreK 4 527
89 Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence Grider Tonya Chavers Carolyn Flattery
Cameron Hall
Natasha Hendricks
PreK 8 771
91 BUILD Academy MLK Park Michelle Hope Marquita Bryant
Traci Cofield
James Helmicki
PreK 8 497
93 Southside Elementary Seneca Darlene Jesonowski Bruno Stampone
Natalie White
Pastora Bolden
Patricia Dixon [interim]
PreK 8 1169
94 West Hertel Academy Military Cecelie Owens Carmelita Burgin
Aakta Patel
PreK 8 861
95 Waterfront Elementary Columbus David Hills Terrance Jenkins
Nicola Wynia
Catherine Polina
PreK 8 877
97 Harvey Austin Elementary School Emerson Kevin Eberle Lisa Robinson
Deanna Schmitt
PreK 8 476
99 Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center Kingsley William Boatwright Eileen Crumb
Holly Staley
PreK 4 782 IB and Chinese/African Infusion Programs

Middle/High Schools[edit]

List of Middle/High Schools
P.S. # School Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principal(s) Low Grade High Grade Enrollment Specialty Programs
156 Frederick Law Olmsted School Kenfield Mike Gruber Jim Fredo
Leslie Potempa
5 12 670 Gifted & talented high school program
192 Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts Masten Park Jody Covington Jon Welka 5 12 799 Magnet school for art/performance students
195 City Honors School Medical Park Bill Kresse Alicia Barinas
Tandy Hamilton
Angela Hannah
5 12 971 School for high-performing students with IB program and AP classes
197 Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School Grider Todd Miklas Denise McMichael-Houston
Tracey Simchick
5 12 398 College Board school with focus on life/environmental sciences
198 The International Preparatory School Front Park Carlos Alvarez Jamie Barden
Danielle Cugalj
Karen Murray
5 12 521 College Board Prep school for international students

High Schools[edit]

List of High Schools
P.S. # School Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principal(s) Low Grade High Grade Enrollment Specialty Programs
200 Bennett High School Starin Central Bert Stevenson [Interim] Craig Brodnicki
Martin Lyonga
Geraldine Velez-Lopez
10 12 661 Law & International Business Magnets
204 Lafayette High School Forest Naomi Cerre Carl Kogler
Julie Horn
Yuldonna Middleton
7 12 780 ESL programs for International Students
205 Riverside Institute of Technology Riverside Denise Clarke Jason Madden
Aarin Pellitieri
Martin Buchnowski [interim]
9 12 797 3 Career-Prep programs, allied with Kaleida Health, HSBC, and Medaille College
206 South Park High School Triangle Theresa Schuta Denise Denz
Orniece Hill
Mike Morris
9 12 914 CTE in Printing, Virtual Enterprise, and Differentiated Horticulture
212 Leonardo da Vinci High School Front Park Florence Krieter Greg Lodinsky 9 12 389 Students take classes on campus from D'Youville College
301 Burgard Vocational High School Leroy Lizzy Crispin [Interim] Peter Hazzan [Interim]
Jamie St. John
9 12 564 Automotive & Mechanical Vocational Programs
302 Emerson School of Hospitality Downtown Jim Weimer Debbie White-Stokes 9 12 457 Students learn hospitality skills with an on-site restaurant
304 Hutchinson Central Technical High School Columbus Sabatino Cimato Dan Zak
Gabriella Morquecho
Greg Stefanone [interim]
9 12 1099 Engineering prep school with Applied Math focus
305 McKinley Vocational High School Black Rock Crystal Barton Dan Bass
Charlene Watson
Marck Abraham [Interim]
9 12 981 Applied trades (i.e. construction, plumbing, horticulture)
307 East High School MLK Park Casey Young Craig Brodnicki
Maria Conrad
9 12 402 CTE Programs in Bioinformatics, Health Occupations, Forensics, and Business
335 @ 187 Middle Early College High School Willert Park Susan Doyle David Potter 9 13 305 Students take 5 years of school to graduate with an A.S. from Erie Community College

Adult/Alternative Programs[edit]

List of Adult/Alternative Programs
P.S. # School Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principal(s) Low Grade High Grade Enrollment Description
42 Occupational Training Center Leroy Tom Vitale 7 Age 21 78 Vocational training for students with disabilities
46 Adult Education Division Allentown Lester Leopold Age 18 N/A GED/Career Training for adults
84 Health Care Center for Children at ECMC Grider Jennifer Kapsiak Carolyn Nero K Age 21 145 Self-contained setting for students with medical/physical challenges
131 @ 40 Academy Program @ 40 Babcock Nathaniel McCrea
Elzie Fisher
1 8 Alternative education for elementary school students
131 @ 4 Alternative High School First Ward Mike Mogavero Rafael Mercado 9 12 Alternative education for high school students
131 @ 202 S.T.A.R. Academy Front Park Teena Jackson 9 12 Credit recovery for international students

Defunct Schools[edit]

List of Defunct Schools
P.S. # School Name Neighborhood Low Grade High Grade Year Closed Building Status
1 School 1 Lakeview K 8 1976 Demolished
2 School 2 Downtown K 8 1961 Demolished
4 Harbor Heights Elementary School First Ward K 8 2002 Houses Alternative High School
5 School 5 Kaisertown K 8 1955 Demolished
7 School 7 Babcock K 8 1950 Demolished
8 Follow Through Urban Learning Lab School Masten Park K 8 2004 Vacant
9 School 9 Schiller Park K 8 1980 Demolished
10 School 10 Downtown K 8 1955 Demolished
11 Poplar Academy Schiller Park K 4 2009 Vacant
12 Harriet Ross Tubman Early Childhood Center Willert Park K 4 2005 House Office of Special Education
13 School 13 Downtown K 12 2003 Private Apartments/Office Space
14 School 14 Downtown K 8 1930s Demolished
15 School 15 Downtown K 8 1965 Demolished
16 School 16 Bryant K 8 1976 Private Apartments
20 School 20 Black Rock K 8 1935 Demolished
21 School 21 North Park K 8 1980 Demolished
22 School 22 Central Park K 8 1980 Private Apartments
23 School 23 Genesee Moselle K 8 1980 Demolished
24 School 24 Broadway-Fillmore K 8 2002 Vacant
25 School 25 Babcock K 8 1949 Demolished
26 School 26 Babcock K 8 1980 Vacant
28 Triangle Academy Triangle K 8 1949 Houses Buffalo Public Schools' Department of Science
29 School 29 South Park K 8 1980 Vacant
30 School 30 Elmwood Village K 8 1976 Demolished
34 School 34 First Ward K 8 1976 Demolished
35 School 35 South Ellicott K 8 1933 Demolished
36 Days Park Early Childhood Center Allentown PreK 4 2009 Houses Elmwood Village Charter School
40 School 40 Babcock PreK 6 2006 Houses The Academy School 171
41 School 41 Johnson PreK 8 1976 Demolished
42 School 42 Black Rock PreK 8 1979 Community Center/Apartments
44 Lincoln Academy Lovejoy K 8 2005 Vacant
47 School 47 Willert Park PreK 8 1978 Demolished
48 School 48 Masten Park K 8 1979 Demolished
49 School 49 Front Park K 8 1980 Community Services building
50 School 50 Emslie Special Education 1975 Demolished
51 Black Rock Academy Black Rock PreK 8 2005 Vacant
52 School 52 Forest K 8 1980 Demolished
55 School 55 Broadway-Fillmore K 8 1955 Demolished
56 School 56 Albright PreK 8 2007 Vacant
57 Broadway Village Elementary School Broadway-Fillmore PreK 6 2003 Vacant
58 School 58 Broadway-Fillmore K 8 1961 Demolished
59 School 59 MLK Park K 8 1976 Demolished
60 Riverside Academy Riverside PreK 4 2002 Renovation
62 School 62 MLK Park K 8 1980 Houses Crucial Human Services
63 Campus North School LaSalle PreK 8 2007 Vacant
70 Indian Park Academy Cazenovia Park K 8 2002 Vacant
71 WEB Early Childhood Center Schiller Park PreK 4 2007 Houses King Center Charter School
73 School 73 Columbus K 8 1970 Demolished
75 School 75 Emslie K 8 1979 Vacant
77 School 77 Front Park PreK 4 2006 Vacant
78 Montessori E.C.C. 78 LaSalle PreK 8 2008 Vacant
79 School 79 Military K 8 1976 Northwest Community Center
83 School 83 University Heights K 4 1976 Houses Anderson Gallery for University at Buffalo
85 School 85 Kensington K 4 1976 Houses Community Charter School
86 St. Lawrence Academy Starin Central PreK 4 2004 Houses BPS' Adult Learning Program
87 School 87 Willert Park 5 12 2007 Houses Middle Early College High School
88 School 88 North Park K 4 1979 North Buffalo Community Center
93 School 93 Hamlin Park K 4 1975 Community Action Organization
96 Campus West School Black Rock PreK 8 2011 Used by Buffalo State College
142 Fulton Academic Complex Perry K 8 1982 Houses Schofield Adult Day Healthcare Center
171 WEB Middle School Schiller Park 5 8 2006 Vacant
192 Buffalo Traditional School Masten Park 5 12 2005 Houses Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts
202 Grover Cleveland High School Front Park 9 12 2011 Houses The International Preparatory School
203 Kensington High School Kenfield 9 12 2003 Houses Frederick Law Olmsted High School
302 Emerson Vocational High School Emerson 9 12 2002 Houses Harvey Austin School
306 Seneca Vocational High School Grider 9 12 2003 Houses Math, Science & Technology Preparatory School
307 Buffalo Vocational Technical Center MLK Park 9 12 2003 Houses East High School

Other information[edit]

The Buffalo Public School System boasts the best academically performing high school in Western New York, the City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park, which is recognized as one of the best high schools in the United States. The school was recently ranked as the 11th best school in Newsweek Magazine's 2008 list of "America's Best High Schools".[8] Originally built in 1912 as Masten Park High School, it sits atop the foundation of the original school that was built in 1895, but was destroyed by a fire in 1912. The name was changed in 1927 to Fosdick-Masten Park High School in honor of the first principal Frank Fosdick. The building was used as a girls vocational school from 1953 until 1980 when the City Honors School was moved from P.S. 17 on Main Street over to the current location. City Honors was founded in 1975 for academically gifted and talented high school students, however now accepts students from grades 5- 12.

Another important public high school is Lafayette High School, completed in 1903. It is the oldest Buffalo public school still in its original building, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Lafayette has the largest and most active alumni association of any Buffalo public high school.



Buffalo Public Schools has an extensive athletic program. Students can participate in football, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, cross-country, track and field, bowling, swimming, volleyball, ice hockey and rugby.


  1. ^ http://www.buffaloschools.org/files/1632/2007-08%20Budget%20Analysis.pdf
  2. ^ a b c U.S Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) National Center for Educational Statistics
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b School Days of Yesterday Buffalo Public School History, by Morton Weed, copyright 2001 G. Morton Reed
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah Weed, G. M. (2001). School days of yesterday: Buffalo public school history. (p. 17). Buffalo: Allied Printing.
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ Newsweek Magazine: The Top of the Class:The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. high schools

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