Buffalo Public Schools

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Buffalo Public Schools
Putting children & families first to ensure high academic achievement for all."
712 City Hall, Buffalo, New York, United StatesUnited States
Erie County, WNY
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
Type Public
Grades Pre-K-12 and Adult education
Established 1838
Superintendent Kriner Cash Ed.D.

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 34,000 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 Schools' 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

  • Oliver G. Steele–1838-1839[5]
  • Silas Kingsley–1839-1841[5]
  • Samuel Caldwell–1841-1844[5]
  • Elias S. Hawley–1843-1845[5]
  • Oliver Steele–1845-1846[5]
  • Daniel Bowen–1846-1847[5]
  • Elias Hawley–1847-1849[5]
  • Daniel Bowen–1849-1850[5]
  • Henry K. Veile–1850-1851[5]
  • Oliver Steele–1851-1852[5]
  • Victor M. Rice–1852-1854[5]
  • Ephraim F. Cook–1854-1858[5]
  • Joseph Warren–1858-1860[5]
  • Sanford B. Hunt–1860-1862[5]
  • John B. Sackett–1862-1864[5]
  • Henry D. Garvin–1864-1866[5]
  • John S. Fosdick–1866-1868[5]
  • Samuel Slade–1868-1870[5]
  • Thomas Lathrop–1870-1872[5]
  • Joseph Larned–1872-1874[5]
  • William S. Rice–1874-1878[5]
  • Christopher G. Fox–1878-1882[5]
  • James F. Crooker–1882-1891[5]
  • William H. Love–1891-1892[5]
  • Henry P. Emerson–1892-1918[5]
  • Ernest C.Hartwell–1918-1935[5]
  • Robert T. Bapst–1935-1950[5]
  • Benjamin Willis–1950-1952[5] (named Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools)
  • Parmer L. Ewing–1952-1957[5]
  • Joseph Manch–1957-1975[5] (Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services - Buffalo Public Schools; retired)
  • Eugene T. Reville–1975-1989[5] (Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services - Buffalo Public Schools; named Superintendent of Pulaksi County Public Schools)
  • Albert Thompson–1989-1996[5] (Deputy Superintendent of Finance, Personnel and Research - Buffalo Public Schools; retired)
  • James Harris–1996-2000[5] (Superintendent - North Chicago CUSD 187; named Superintendent of Inglewood Unified School District)
  • Marian V. Cañedo–2000-2004[5] (Associate Superintendent of Curriculum - Buffalo Public Schools; retired)
  • Yvonne Hargrave [interim]–2004-2005 (Chief Academic Officer - Buffalo Public Schools; retired)
  • James A. Williams–2005-2011 (Superintendent - Dayton Public Schools; retired)
  • Amber M. Dixon [interim]–2011-2012 (Executive Director of Special Projects - Buffalo Public Schools; retired)
  • Pamela C. Brown–2012-2014 (Assistant Superintendent - Philadelphia City School District; forced resignation)
  • Donald A. Oglivie [interim]–2014-2015 (Superintendent - Erie 1 BOCES, retired)


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 (2015-2016 Academic Year)[edit]

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

Superintendent & Advisory Cabinet[edit]

  • Dr. Kriner Cash–Superintendent of Schools
  • Ms. Anne Botticelli–Chief Academic Officer
  • Dr. Kevin J. Eberle–Chief Operations Officer
  • Mr. Darren J. Brown–Chief of Staff
  • Dr. David Mauricio–Chief of Strategic Alignment & Innovation
  • Ms. Genelle E. Morris–Chief Information Officer
  • Mr. Sanjay Giles–Chief Technology Officer
  • Dr. Will Keresztes:Chief of Intergovernmental Affairs, Planning, and Community Engagement
  • Mr. Brian Lorentz–Interim Associate Superintendent of Human Resources
  • Ms. Peggy Boorady:Associate Superintendent of School Leadership
  • Mr. Sabatino Cimato–Associate Superintendent of School Leadership
  • Ms. Mary Jo Conrad–Associate Superintendent of School Leadership
  • Mr. James G. Weimer–Associate Superintendent of School Leadership
  • Ms. Casandra Wright:Associate Superintendent of School Leadership
  • Mr. Eric Rosser–Interim Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services
  • Dr. Fatima Morrell:Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment & Leadership
  • Dr. Mary Pauly:Assistant Superintendent of Special Education
  • Mr. Aubrey T. Lloyd III:Director of Athletics


Elementary Schools[edit]

Unless where noted, schools serve Grades PreK-8

List of Primary Schools
P.S. # School Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principal(s) Enrollment Specialty Programs
3 D'Youville Porter Campus School Front Park Sharon Brown Freddy Barrera
Maria-Rosario Cala
6 Buffalo Elementary School of Technology Willert Park Karen Piotrowski Hadassa Bachellor
Patrick Cook
638 Technology integration into content areas
17 Early Childhood Center 17 Delaware District Contann Dabney Carrie Myers 433 Houses Grades PreK-4
18 Dr. Antonia Pantoja Community School of Academic Excellence Front Park Valarie Kent Kathy Jamil 532
19 Native American Magnet School Grant Ferry Jerome Piwko Bogdan Kotnis 591
27 Hillery Park Elementary Seneca Michael Tenebruso Marguerite Villa 669
30 Frank A. Sedita Academy Front Park Dawn DiNitale Demario Strickland 830
31 Harriet Ross Tubman School Emslie Heather Short-English Barry Ifedigbo
Julie Walsh
32 Bennett Park Montessori Willert Park Pauletta Stines Marianna Cecchini
Diane Sauer
766 Montessori school ages 3 to Grade 8
33 Bilingual Center First Ward Miguel Medina Robert Roberts 547 Designated for bilingual students
37 Marva J. Daniel Futures Preparatory School Medical Park Serena Restinvo [interim] Sam Reynolds 530 Single-gender classrooms in junior high grades
39 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Institute Medical Park Cindy Clarke [interim] 430
43 Lovejoy Discovery School Lovejoy Maria Miller Linda Marzalek [interim] 685
45 International School Grant Ferry Lynn Piccirillo Jennifer English
Kevin Garcia
836 Primarily serves international/refugee students Grades PreK-7
53 Community School Kingsley June Clark Donald White 435
54 Dr. George E. Blackman School of Excellence Parkside Geneive Jones-Johnson Greg Johnson 492 Houses Grades PreK-4
59 Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet MLK Park Denisca Thompson Mark Shoemaker
Tara Sims
744 Science-based curriculum for Grades 3-8
59A Annex 59 Broadway-Fillmore Denisca Thompson Katie Goldman PreK-2 Annex to School 59
61 Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction Leroy Tonja Williams 299 Houses Grades PreK-4
64 Frederick Law Olmsted School Park Meadow Josh Freeburg [acting] 596 Gifted & Talented/Language Immersion Programs for Grades PreK-4
65 Roosevelt Early Childhood Center Riverside Tracie-Michele Lewis Kristin Reeves 384
66 North Park Middle Academy North Park Shanie Keelean Carla Graves 285 Houses Grades 5-8
67 Discovery School South Abbott Amy Chavez [acting] 614 Hands-On/Inquiry Learning Focus
69 Houghton Academy Kaisertown Elaine Vandi Mary Lou Reil 544
72 Lorraine Elementary Abbott McKinley Jeff Banks Sharon McCormick
Sarah Vittoria
764 Medical Careers Exploratory School
74 Hamlin Park Claude & Ouida Clapp Academy Hamlin Park Liz Giangreco Jennifer Stockmeyer [interim]
Ginna Wilson
76 Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy Columbus Kathy Foy Lizzy Crispin
Marlon Lee
Rafael Perez
778 Designated for bilingual students
79 William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence Military Gregory Mott Michael Ryndak 531
80 Highgate Heights Elementary Kensington Gayle Irving-White Geraldine Velez-Lopez 482
81 School 81 North Park Nick Klaich Denise Cobbs
Ryan Shepherd
82 Early Childhood Center 82 Kenfield Tanika Shedrick Margaret Heath 470 Houses Grades PreK-4
89 Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence Grider Tonya Chavers Carolyn Flattery
LeeQuisha Jacobs
Natasha Hendricks
91 BUILD Academy MLK Park Michelle Hope Marquita Bryant
Carolos Wallace
93 Southside Elementary Seneca Darlene Jesonowski Bruno Stampone
Natalie White
Patricia Dixon
94 West Hertel Academy Military Cecelie Owens Carmelita Burgin
Aakta Patel
Michael Suwala
95 Waterfront Elementary Columbus David Hills Terrance Jenkins
Nicola Dias
Catherine Polina
97 Harvey Austin Elementary School Emerson Lisa Robinson [acting] Dennis Lesniak
Deanna Schmitt
99 Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center Kingsley William Boatwright Eileen Crumb
Holly Staley
781 IB and Chinese/African Infusion Programs for Grades PK-4

Grades 5-12 Schools[edit]

List of Middle/High Schools
P.S. # School Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principal(s) Enrollment Specialty Programs
156 Frederick Law Olmsted School Kenfield Mike Gruber Naomi Cerre
Jim Fredo
Leslie Potempa
733 Gifted & talented high school program
192 Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts Masten Park Jody Covington Rebecca Ryan
Jon Welka
749 Magnet school for art/performance students
195 City Honors School Medical Park Bill Kresse Alicia Barinas
Tandy Hamilton
Angela Hannah
1001 School for high-performing students with IB program and AP classes
197 Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School Grider Todd Miklas Andrew Drouin
Darryl King
593 College Board school with focus on life/environmental sciences
198 The International Preparatory School Front Park Carlos Alvarez Jamie Barden
Danielle Cugalj
Karen Murray
625 College Board Prep school for international students

High Schools[edit]

Except where noted, all school serve Grades 9-12

List of High Schools
P.S. # School Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principal(s) Enrollment Specialty Programs
200 Bennett High School Starin Central Bert Stevenson Martin Lyonga 416 Law & International Business Magnets (Grades 11-12)
204 Lafayette High School Forest Denise Clarke
John Starkey
Dan Bass
Yuldonna Middleton
693 ESL programs for International Students (Grades 7-12)
205 Riverside Institute of Technology Riverside Ella Dunne Patrick Doyle
Aarin Pellitieri
David Thomas
754 3 Career-Prep programs, allied with Kaleida Health, HSBC, and Medaille College
206 South Park High School Triangle Theresa Schuta Molly Forero
Orniece Hill
Mike Morris
Kathleen Thomas
866 CTE in Printing, Virtual Enterprise, and Differentiated Horticulture
212 Leonardo da Vinci High School Front Park Florence Krieter Greg Lodinsky 417 Students take classes on campus from D'Youville College
301 Burgard Vocational High School Leroy Charlene Watson Jason Madden
Jamie St. John
Tracey Travis
531 Automotive & Mechanical Vocational Programs
302 Emerson School of Hospitality Downtown Debbie White-Stokes [acting] Rafael Mercado 450 Students learn hospitality skills with an on-site restaurant
302 @ 28 Emerson Annex @ 28 Triangle Katie Schuta Annex to PS 302
304 Hutchinson Central Technical High School Columbus Gabriella Morquecho [acting] Brad Rowles
Greg Stefanone
Dan Zack
Pedro Estrada [acting]
1108 Engineering prep school with Applied Math focus
305 McKinley Vocational High School Black Rock Crystal Barton Craig Brodnicki
Michael House
Marck Abraham [Interim]
987 Applied trades (i.e. construction, plumbing, horticulture)
307 East High School MLK Park Janice Bowden [acting] 361 CTE Programs in Health Occupations, Personal Training, and BOCES
415 Middle Early College High School Starin Central Susan Doyle David Potter 286 Students take 5 years of high school to graduate from Erie C.C.

Adult/Alternative Programs[edit]

List of Adult/Alternative Programs
P.S. # School Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principal Enrollment Description
42 Occupational Training Center Leroy Tom Vitale 75 Vocational training for students with disabilities until Age 21
46 Adult Education Division Allentown Lester Leopold GED/Career Training for adults
84 Health Care Center for Children @ ECMC Grider Jennifer Kapsiak Michelle Reczek 174 Self-contained setting for students with medical/physical challenges K-21
131 @ 4 Academy Programs First Ward Mike Mogavero Traci Cofield 263 Alternative education for Grades K-12
353 Newcomer Academy @ Lafayette Grant Ferry Teena Jackson Julie Horn Credit recovery for international students Grades 7-10
357 Pathways Academy @ East MLK Park Mike Mogavero Maria Conrad Credit recovery for overaged freshmen

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 Academy Programs
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 Under Redevelopment (apartments) [8]
25 School 25 Babcock K 8 1949 Demolished
26 School 26 Babcock K 8 1982 Demolished
28 Triangle Academy Triangle K 8 1949 Houses Emerson School of Hospitality Annex
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 Under reconstruction (apartments & office space) [9]
57 Broadway Village Elementary School Broadway-Fillmore PreK 6 2003 Under reconstruction (Lt. Matt Urban Center) [10]
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 Under reconstruction (apartments) [11]
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 Renovation being pursued (low-income apartments) [12]
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 Charter School for Inquiry (former 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 Vacant
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/Pathways Academy

Other information[edit]

The Buffalo Public School System boasts the most exceptional academically performing high school in Western New York, the City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park, which is recognized as one of the most exceptional high schools in the United States. 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.


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