Welcome to the Board of Education Meeting Information Page

  • Upcoming Meetings of the Board of Education

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    7 pm
    Middle School Auditorium
    60 S. LIncoln Ave., Orchard Park

    As a Central School District, the Orchard Park is organized under and subject to the provisions of Education Law Article 37. The Board is authorized to act as a body when duly called in session. Individual Board members have no authority over school affairs.  Board of Education meetings are defined by law as the official convening of a public body for the purpose of conducting public business.  Due to the fact that meetings of the Board of Education are held in public, they are frequently referred to as public, or open, meetings. 

    Board Meeting Agendas are posted the day prior to the Board meeting. Click to view current Board Agendas.

    Board of Education Meeting Dates and Special meetings may be called by the Board to discuss and act on matters that cannot wait until a regular Board meeting date. Notice must also be given for these meetings. Board of Education agendas are posted on the Monday prior to meeting dates. Please call 209-6280 if you have questions or need additional information.   

    Educational topics for meetings will be planned and additional meetings will be scheduled as deemed necessary by the Board of Education and the Superintendent.  Meetings will be conducted in school buildings to be determined.  Below are the scheduled meetings for the 2022-23 school year.

    August 9, 2022 - 6 pm
    August 24, 2022 - 3:15 pm
    September 13, 2022
    October 11, 2022                                                                 
    November 8, 2022
    December 13, 2022
    January 10, 2023
    February 14, 2023
    March 14, 2023
    March 28, 2023
    April 18, 2023
    May 2, 2023
    May 16, 2023 (annual vote date – HS GYM 7am-9pm)
    June 13, 2022

    The Orchard Park Central School District Board of Education meetings are meetings held in public and although the Board of Education is not legally required to grant an opportunity for the community to make a comment to the Board during a Board Meeting, however, the Orchard Park Board of Education welcomes community members, students and staff to attend their meetings and make a public comment or email a comment to the Board at boe@opschools.org

    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 the future, so that all students can reach their full potential to live a life capably, responsibly and fully."

    What is a Meeting?

    "Meeting" is defined as "the official convening of a public body for the purpose of conducting public business." Because regular and special sessions (meetings) of the Board of Education are held in public they are frequently referred to as public, or open, meetings. Thus, this is a Board of Education meeting held in public; not a meeting of the public.  A specific time is set aside during each regular Board meeting for residents and/or employees to make a comment to the Board of Education and the Superintendent.  The Board encourages you to contact the Superintendent of Schools or your building administrator for student matters or matters that do not require Board action and can be handled by administration.   

    The Board also meets in executive session. Executive (closed door) sessions may be held by resolution of the Board at a regularly scheduled or announced special session or business session. An executive session is not separate from an open meeting. Rather it is a portion of an open meeting during which the public may not attend.  

    The Open Meetings Law of New York State defines the subjects which may be discussed behind closed doors. Generally, these involve personnel matters, labor negotiations, litigation, and matters related to criminal investigations which would imperil the law enforcement process if publicly disclosed.

    About Your Board of Education and the Role of a Board of Education

    The Board of Education is elected by District voters to govern schools and determine educational policies. They take an Oath of Office to uphold all laws and regulations of the State and Federal Government.  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. They receive no salary for their work.  They do not have the day-to-day duties of running a school district, rather their role is oversight and setting policy; the Superintendent is responsible for all aspects of the district and he/she reports to the Board.  

    Meeting Agenda

    The usual order of business at a regular business meeting of the Board of Education is:

    • Opening, which includes call to order, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, roll call and announcements.
    • Consensus Section, which includes one vote to approve minutes, financial matters, personnel matters, special education matters and textbook adoption recommendations.
    • Reports
    • Discussion
    • Action Items
    • Correspondence
    • A Public Comment Section for Residents or Staff of the District
    • Provision for Executive Session
    • Adjournment

    NOTE: Items grouped under Consensus (minutes, finance, personnel) are considered as a group and usually voted upon with a single motion.