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, John Sherman joined the board in 1981. A recipient of a Pathfinder's Award, Mr. Sherman is very active in the local community. A professor by trade, Mr. Sherman taught biology at Erie Community College. For 20 years he was a member on the City of Tonawanda School Board and currently serves on the board of directors of Fox Run CCRC in Orchard Park.
Edward Cavan, Sweet Home
Edward Cavan, currently the vice president, has served on the Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education since 1996. 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
Raymond Carr has been a member of Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education since 2007 and has also served on Cheektowaga Central School District Board of Education for more than 35 years. Mr. Carr has been involved with the Erie County Association of School Boards for three decades and is active with the Variety Club of Buffalo. He is also a former board member for the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.
Judith Katz, Williamsville
Judith Katz has been a member of the Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education since 1977. 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
Janet MacGregor Plarr has been a member of the Frontier Central Board of Education for more than 23 years and has served on Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education since 1999. Mrs. MacGregor Plarr is the administrator clerk treasurer for the Village of Blasdell and is active with the New York State School Boards Association.
Mary J. Busse, West Seneca
Mary Busse joined Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education in 2015. Busse is also on West Seneca Central School District’s Board of Education, which she has been a member for 20 years. Busse is an active member of Erie County Association of School Boards and the WNY Federal Credit Union.