Orchard Park Central School District Board of Education

  • The Board of Education is elected by District voters to govern schools and determine educational policies. Technically, Board members are Local Officials, their authority and duties are defined by the state and federal constitutions and laws as well as by rules and regulations promulgated by the Board of Regents and commissioner of education, and other regulatory agencies. Terms are for three years. Board candidates run at-large instead of for a specific seat. 

    Members of the Board of Education are volunteers and they receive no salary for their work.

    The Board of Education does not have the day-to-day responsibilities of running a school district, rather their role is oversight and setting policy; the Superintendent of Schools is responsible for all aspects of the running the district and he/she reports to the Board.  

    The Orchard Park Central School District Board of Education welcomes correspondence from residents, staff, parents and students. To send correspondence to the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools via email boe@opschools.org  Please include your full name in the correspondence. Anonymous correspondence will not be read.   If you do email the Board & Superintendent, either the Board President or Superintendent will contact you.   If you wish for your correspondence to be included as an official public record, please indicate so in the letter or email and include your full name and address.   Questions or comments about day-to-day operations of the district should be directed to the Superintendent of Schools via email dlilleck@opschools.org or by phone at 209-6280.  

    2023-24 Board of Education Members

    Dr. Jennifer Rogers                      Ryan Anderson                                                     
    Dr. Jennifer Rogers, President                Mr. Ryan Anderson, Vice President
            Term 2023-2026                                          Term 2023-2025
    Ryan Cimo.                     Steven Comeau
              Mr. Ryan Cimo                                         Mr. Steven Comeau
            Term 2021-2024                                          Term 2023-2026
    Ed Draves                       Tom Provost
              Mr. Ed Draves                                               Mr. Tom Provost 
            Term 2023-2026                                            Term 2022-2025
    Karen Sreniawski                       Shane Brege
        Mrs. Karen Sreniawski                  Mr. Shane Brege, Student Ex-Officio Member
            Term 2021-2024                                            Term 2023-2024


    Candidacy

      • District resident at least one year before Annual Meeting.
      • District resident and at least 18 years old.
      • United States citizen
      • Able to read and write.

    Salary

    None.

    Executive Officer

    Superintendent of Schools

    Agendas

    Agendas are posted on the district web site the day prior to meeting date.   District residents may call the district clerk at 209-6280 or school information office at 209-6222, for a listing of agenda items and for specific meeting locations.   

    Comments

    Time is allotted for the public and or employees to make a comment to the Board of Education and the Superintendent.

    Board of Education Mission Statement 

    To serve the students and citizens of the Orchard Park Central School District, the Board of Education provides direction and leadership to create an atmosphere of excellence and accountability for both the present and future so that all students can reach their full potential to live a life capably, responsibly and fully. 

    Board of Education Guiding Statement

    The Orchard Park Board of Education will proactively govern, with multi-year focus and fiscal responsibility, to support innovation and uphold the mission and vision of the District. 

    Board of Education Goals

    Policy Review Process

    Goal: By the conclusion of the 2023-24 school year, the Board of Education will develop a plan/framework for policy review to ensure policies are aligned to the mission and vision of the district within an equity, inclusion, and access lens tied to our DCIP work

    Objectives:

    • The Board will review and refine the current regular cadence of policy review and revision, to ensure all policies are updated as needed in a timely manner.
    • The Board will oversee the creation of a process to proactively evaluate and establish policy review priority based on district and Board of Education goals as well as updates in NYS education law and policy.

    Community Engagement 

    Goal: By the conclusion of the 2023-24 school year, the Board will implement at least one new channel of communication through which to provide transparency and visibility of the Board’s operation to the community.

    Objectives:

    • The Board will review the current channels of communication with the community.
    • The Board will evaluate methods used by effective Boards of Education in area districts to communicate with their communities.
    • The Board will select and implement at least one new channel for communication with the community.

    Board Member Oath of Office

    School Board Members are required to take a constitutional oath of office to exercise the duties of office;  The following is their oath: 

     “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Trustee on the Orchard Park Central School District Board of Education, according to the best of my ability.”  (State Constitution Art. 13 § 1).
    Board Member Elections

    Board Member Elections

    Announcements are made each spring when Board of Education seats are up for re-election. Residents may then pick up petitions for Board candidacy from the district clerk’s office at the District Office. The number of petition signatures required by law is announced at that time. Each signer must be an eligible resident in the school district.