Here's the pre-meeting e-mail notice sent sent to other board members Wednesday by board president James Sampson wrote that he would
"I will be introducing a resolution in regular business meting that Don Ogilvie be appointed immediately as interim superintendent. We will be reviewing his contract in executive session. (Board attorney) Karl Kristoff will be present to review it with us. Essentially he will be paid the same as Doctor (Pamela) Brown. There will be no fringe benefits and no provision for bonuses or merit pay. Also he can terminate the contract with 30 days notice as can the BOE.
I appreciate this is coming quickly after July first, however we have known for two months that Dr. Brown will be leaving and we have made very little progress in retaining an interim superintendent. Additionally,. school will begin in 8 weeks and there is much to be accomplished. Further there are many open positions and I am sure much work is not being attended to. Considering that this is an interim appointment, we did not have the luxury of any elongated search process.
Brown was paid $218,000. Based on the plans that various board members had floated publicly, Ogilvie will be a long term interim, to try and implement reforms, before handing day to day administration of a restored school district off to another administrator in approximately three years.
Ogilvie retired from his position in charge of Erie 1 BOCES in June, and had been in charge of the umbrella of shared services and vocational programs they institute on behalf of several school districts in Erie County. He was one of the candidates considered as interim superintendent upon the departure of Supt. James Williams in 2010, and has worked with the Buffalo School System to allow students to attend BOCES and receive vocational education diplomas.
Last year the state ordered the co-operation with BOCES to try and boost a graduation rate of 47 percent. In 2013 numbers released since then, the rate rose approx 3 points to 51 %.
Last year Ogilvie had been a member of the joint intervention team that the State Education Department sent to the Buffalo School District to evaluate problems there and made recommendations for administrative reforms in a report to state officials.
His appointment comes after state officials rejected several Buffalo school turnaround plans that were not completed.