Buffalo Public Schools

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

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

  • 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, resigned)
  • Mr. 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[edit]

  • Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold – President/Member-at-Large
  • Ms. Sharon Belton-Cottman – Vice President of Executive Affairs/Ferry District Representative
  • Dr. Theresa Harris-Tigg – Vice President of Student Achievement/East District Representative
  • Ms. Hope Jay – North District Representative
  • Ms. Jennifer Mecozzi – West District Representative

Dr. Catherine Flanagan-Priore – Park District Representative

  • Ms. Patti Bowers Pierce – Member-at-Large
  • Mr. Larry Quinn – Member-at-Large
  • Ms. Paulette Woods – Central District Representative
  • Ms. Lyndette Felez – Student Representative

The Park District seat was filled on 9/11/2017 by the Board, in the wake of the New York State Education Department's removal of Carl Paladino, the person elected to that seat.

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
  • Mr. Nathaniel Kuzma - General Counsel
  • 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
  • Ms. Jamie Warren – 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. Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principal(s) Enrollment[8] Specialty Programs
3 D'Youville Porter Campus School Front Park Freddy Barrera Rafael Mercado 759
6 Buffalo Elementary School of Technology Willert Park Karen Piotrowski Hadassa Bachellor
Wendy Emerling
678 Technology integration into content areas
17 Early Childhood Center 17 Delaware District Karen Murray Ashley Wakelee 454 Houses Grades PreK-4
18 Dr. Antonia Pantoja Community School of Academic Excellence Front Park Aakta Patel Tracy Cotter 564
19 Native American Magnet School Grant Ferry Michael Suwala Katie Wendling 583
27 Hillery Park Elementary School Seneca Vincent Vanderlip Margaret Heath
Andrea Lee
Samantha Nasca
30 Frank A. Sedita Academy Front Park Rafel Perez Wilfredo Garcia 820 West Side community school
31 Harriet Ross Tubman School Emslie Heather English Julie Walsh 526
32 Bennett Park Montessori Willert Park Marianna Cecchini Peter Gottfried
Diane Sauer
Kathleen Sciolino
998 Montessori school ages 3 to Grade 8
33 Bilingual Center First Ward Miguel Medina Robert Roberts 572 Designated for bilingual students
37 Marva J. Daniel Futures Preparatory School Medical Park Serena Restivo Carolyn Flattery
Sam Reynolds
500 Fruit Belt neighborhood community school
43 Lovejoy Discovery School Lovejoy Orniece Hill Lisa Mazzara [acting]
Deanna Schmitt
741 Community school for Lovejoy neighborhood
45 International School Grant Ferry Lynn Piccirillo Jennifer English
Barry Ifedigbo
Mitchell Tomtishen
1371 Primarily serves international/refugee students
48 School 48 @ 39 Medical Park Mike Tenebruso Jennifer Stockmeyer 242 Annex to School 81 (Grades PK-1)
53 Community School Kingsley Denisca Thompson William Lynch 469
54 Dr. George E. Blackman School of Excellence Parkside Greg Johnson Dawne McNeal 559 Houses Grades PreK-4
59 Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet MLK Park Mirlene Dere Mark Shoemaker 517 Science-based curriculum for Grades 3-8
59A Annex 59 Broadway Fillmore Karen Whiteman [interim] 363 PreK-2 Annex to School 59
61 Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction Leroy Parette Walker Unseld Robinson 361 Houses Grades PreK-4
64 Frederick Law Olmsted School Park Meadow Marquita Bryant Josh Freeburg 627 Gifted & Talented/Language Immersion Programs (Grades PreK-4)
65 Roosevelt Early Childhood Center Riverside Michelle Barnes Amy Chavez 435
66 North Park Middle Academy North Park Anibal Soler Carlos Wallace 270 North Buffalo community school (Grades 5-8)
67 Discovery School South Abbott David Thomas Lisa Robinson 651 Hands-On/Inquiry Learning Focus
69 Houghton Academy Kaisertown Elaine Vandi Mary Lou Reil 587
72 Lorraine Elementary School Abbott McKinley Jeff Banks Sharon McCormick
Sarah Vittoria
876 Medical Careers Exploratory School
74 Hamlin Park Claude & Ouida Clapp Academy Hamlin Park Patrick Cook Cameron Hall 486 Hamlin Park neighborhood community school
76 Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy Columbus Kathy Foy Maria Cala
Elizabeth Kuras
Matthew Pegg
849 Lower West Side community school designated for bilingual students
79 William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence Military Marlon Lee Michael Ryndak 627
80 Highgate Heights School Kensington Gayle White Geraldine Lopez 475 University district community school
81 School 81 North Park Nick Klaich Denise Cobbs
Ryan Shepherd
82 Early Childhood Center 82 Kenfield Tanika Shedrick Kristin Reeves 426 Houses Grades PreK-4
89 Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence Grider Contann Dabney Natasha Hendricks
Carrie Myers
LeeQuisha Volious
91 BUILD Academy MLK Park Kevin Garcia Andrew Drouin
Ashanti Haynes
93 Southside Elementary School Seneca Darlene Jesonowski Patricia Dixon
Bruno Stampone
Natalie White
1210 South Buffalo community school
94 West Hertel Academy Military Cecelie Owens Bradley Barringer
Carmelita Burgin
Elaine Nieman
934 Black Rock/Riverside community school
95 Waterfront Elementary School Columbus Dawn DiNitale Nicola Dias
Catherine Polina
97 Harvey Austin Elementary School Emerson Demario Strickland Cassandra Garbini
Melissa Jasulavich
660 East Side community school
99 Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center Kingsley Tracie-Michele Lewis Holly Staley
Shannon Thurston
Marguerite Villa
934 IB and Chinese/African Infusion Programs (Grades PK-4)

Grades 5-12 Schools[edit]

List of Middle/High Schools
P.S. School Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principals Enrollment[8] Specialty Programs
156 Frederick Law Olmsted School Kenfield Mike Gruber Jim Fredo
Catherine Krautsack
Leslie Potempa
823 Gifted & talented middle/high school program
192 Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts Masten Park Jody Covington Rebecca Ryan
Jon Welka
771 Magnet school for art/performance students
195 City Honors School Medical Park Bill Kresse Alicia Barinas
Tandy Hamilton
Angela Hannah
1074 School for high-performing students with IB program and AP classes
197 Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School Medical Park Derek Baker Terence Jenkins
John Zeis
240 Annex to PS 197 located at School 39 (Grades 5-8)
Grider Tatiana Merrick
Donald White
595 Environmental and Health Science focus (Grades 9-12)
198 The International Preparatory School Front Park Ella Dunne Amy Chase
Danielle Cugalj
Patrick Doyle
Martin Lyonga
938 CTE programs in business for international students (Grades 6-12)

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[8] Specialty Programs
204 Lafayette High School Forest Mike Mogavero Dan Bass 303 ESL programs for international students (Grade 12)
205 Riverside Institute of Technology Riverside Jerome Piwko Martin Buchnowski 470 CTE programs in Healthcare and Entrepreneurship (Grades 11-12)
206 South Park High School Triangle Theresa Schuta Molly Forero
Joshua Miller
Michael Morris
Kathy Thomas
930 South Buffalo community school with CTE programs in Business, Solar Technology, and Differentiated Horticulture
207 Lafayette International High School Forest John Starkey Jennifer Springer 115 West Side community school with ENL programs for international students (Grades 9-10)
208 Riverside Academy High School Riverside David Hills CTE programs in Blue economy/conservation and tourism (Grade 9)
212 Leonardo da Vinci High School Front Park Greg Lodinsky Lizzy Crispin 392 Students take classes on campus from D'Youville College
301 Burgard Vocational High School Leroy Charlene Watson Eric Johnson
Jamie St. John
Tracey Travis
558 CTE programs in Automotive/Machine Tool Technology and Welding in partnership with Alfred State College
302 Emerson School of Hospitality Downtown Debbie Stokes Aarin Pellitieri 487 Students learn hospitality/culinary skills with an on-site restaurant
304 Hutchinson Central Technical High School Columbus Gabriella Morquecho Pedro Estrada
Dennis Lesniak
Greg Stefanone
Dan Zack
1202 Technology prep school with concentrations in Biochemistry, Computer Science, and Engineering
305 McKinley Vocational High School Black Rock Marck Abraham [interim] Naomi Cerre
Giovanna Cotto
Michael House
1249 CTE programs in Aquatic ecology and applied trades (Carpentry, Electricity, HVAC, Printing and Plumbing)
307 East High School MLK Park Rose Schneider Moustafa Khalil 178 CTE Programs in Health Occupations (Grade 12)
309 East Community High School MLK Park Darryl King Moustafa Khalil 97 East Side community school with CTE Programs in Law and Public Safety (Grades 9-10)
335 Middle Early College High School Starin Central Susan Doyle David Potter 421 Students take classes through Erie Community College
355 Emerson Annex @ 28 Triangle Debbie Stokes Katie Schuta
Elena Wozniak
248 Annex to PS 302 (Grades 9-11)
363 Lewis J.Bennett School of Innovative Technology Starin Central Carlos Alvarez Jamie Barden 102 North Buffalo community school with computer science education (Grades 9-10)
366 Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics & Life Sciences Starin Central Angela Cullen 60 Life sciences/Bioinformatics research (Grades 9-10)

Adult/Alternative Programs[edit]

List of Adult/Alternative Programs
P.S. School Name Neighborhood Principal Assistant Principal Enrollment[8] Description
42 Occupational Training Center Leroy Tom Vitale 78 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 Grider Jennifer Kapsiak Michelle Reczek 215 Self-contained setting for students with medical challenges (K-21)
131 Academy Middle School @ 18A Grant Ferry Nathaniel McCrea 477 Alternative education for suspended students (Grades 7-8)
Academy Program High School @ 4 First Ward Traci Cofield Janice Bowden
Bert Stevenson
Alternative education (Grades 9-12)
353 Newcomer Academy @ Lafayette Grant Ferry Teena Jones Julie Horn 341 Credit recovery for international students (Grades 8-12)
357 Pathways Academy @ East MLK Park Traci Cofield Maria Conrad 75 Credit recovery for overaged/unadercredited students
358 Virtual Pathways First Ward Valarie Kent Online credit recovery for undercredited seniors

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) [9]
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
39 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Institute Medical Park PreK 8 2016 Houses School 48 and MST Prep Annex
40 School 40 Babcock PreK 6 2006 Vacant
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) [10]
57 Broadway Village Elementary School Broadway-Fillmore PreK 6 2003 Under reconstruction (Lt. Matt Urban Center) [11]
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 School 63 LaSalle PreK 8 2007 Under reconstruction (apartments) [12]
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) [13]
78 School 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 Houses Office of Curriculum & Instruction
88 School 88 North Park K 4 1979 North Buffalo Community Center
93 School 93 Masten Park K 4 1970's 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
200 Bennett High School Starin Central 9 12 2017 Houses Bennett Campus
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 Campus
307 Buffalo Vocational Technical Center MLK Park 9 12 2003 Houses East Campus

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. In contrast to City Honors, Lafayette is one of the worst-performing schools in the district, in large part because many English as a second language students are assigned to it.



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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