Each BOCES is governed by a board of education made up of representatives from component school districts. They are elected by component boards of education. Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education members are responsible for curricular, financial and other policy decisions, just as they are at the local level.
John Sherman, Tonawanda
Currently president of the Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education, Mr. Sherman has dedicated over 30 years of service to Erie 1 BOCES. Mr. Sherman, a recipient of a Pathfinder's Award, is very active in the local community. A professor by trade, Mr. Sherman taught biology at Erie Community College.
Edward Cavan, Sweet Home
Mr. Cavan currently the vice president, has served on the Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education for more than 15 years. Mr. Cavan was a recipient of the Masters of Boardsmanship conferred by New York State School Boards Association and formally served as a member on the Sweet Home Board of Education. Mr. Cavan is the proprietor of an insurance agency, vice president of the Sweet Home Federal Credit Union, and an active member of the UB Newman Center.
Raymond Carr, Cheektowaga
Mr. Carr, a member of the Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education for more than five years and has served on the Cheektowaga Central School District Board of Education for more than 30 years. Mr. Carr has been involved with the Erie County Association of School Boards for the past 30 years and is active with the Variety Club of Buffalo. He is also a board member for the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.
Judith Katz, Williamsville
Mrs. Katz has been a member of the Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education for more than 30 years. Following the 15-years she spent as a member on the Williamsville Board of Education, Mrs. Katz remains active with the New York State School Boards Association where she previously served as president. Mrs. Katz was also a member of the Erie County School Boards Association for 10 years.
Andrew Loeb, Hamburg
Mr. Loeb is an active member of the community as a volunteer with the Boy Scout Council and the Greater Niagara Frontier Council. Mr. Loeb is a board member of the Hamburg High School Finance Academy Inc. and the IRS Buffalo Federal Credit Union, and has served as trustee on the Erie 1 BOCES board since 2004. Mr. Loeb was a trustee with the Hamburg Central School District,and was previously employed as the director of sports information at a Seneca College in Toronto.
Janet MacGregor Plarr, Frontier
Mrs. MacGregor Plarr has been a member of the Frontier Central Board of Education for more than 15 years and has served on the Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education for more than a decade. Mrs. MacGregor Plarr works for the Village of Blasdell and is active with the New York State School Boards Association.
Mary J. Busse, West Seneca
Mary J. Busse was elected to the Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Elected by a majority vote of the board members from all of Erie 1 BOCES’ 19 component districts, Busse will temporarily fill a board vacancy that occurred following the passing of Wayne Schlifke. Schlifke served on Erie 1 BOCES board for 27 years. Busse is currently the vice president of West Seneca Central School District’s Board of Education, which she has been a member for 19 years. Busse is an active member of Erie County Association of School Boards and the WNY Federal Credit Union.