Is Ogilvie Making the Grade as Buffalo Superintendent?
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) It's been a month since Don Ogilvie was elected interim superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools. How is he doing in the eyes of board members and parents?
Patti Bowers Pierce, herself a month into her term as Buffalo School Board member, says things are going great. "I think Mr. Oglivie is doing a wonderful job, an excellent leader, and I'm very excited about his ideas for the upcoming school year," says Pierce. Those ideas include teacher assignments and career technology programs. But she says it's too soon to compare Ogilvie to previous board members, considering there's only been one meeting so far. Pierce does say she wants students to be ready to learn when school starts in September.
Jessica Bauer Walker of the District Parents Coordinating Council says it's also too early to say how Ogilvie is doing but appreciates "his open mind and willingness to listen to everyone given the situation." But she says it's tough to make progress when new superintendents come in. Her top priorty: having a voice. "We're asking to be equal partners and shared decision making whether it's the district comprehensive improvment plan, making sure physical and health education standards are met. There's a lot on our agenda," says Walker. She says the district has been reactive and in crisis mode so she needs Ogilvie to prioritize, listen parents, and give the council a seat at the table with other shareholders.