Office of Federal & State Programs

Buffalo Public Schools

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  • Room 408 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202
    Phone: (716) 816-3966 |
    Fax: (716) 851-3968



  • Administrators

    Director of Title I
    Jaime L. Cohen

     Jaime Cohen



    Supervisor of Title I
    Molly Halady


    Program Support

    Grants Coordinator
    Richard H. Dombkowski


    Administrative Secretary
    Kimberly Whelan


    Transition Advisor-Transition Program
    Patricia Lamb Walker


    Research Aide-Transition Program
    Edward Klavoon


    Community Education Leader - Transition Program
    Ronique Workman

  • Our Focus is Simple

    We work year-round to secure supplemental, Title I funding to support various District and school-level initiatives to help Buffalo Public School students and families. 

    Our Major Responsibilities:

    • Develop Title I budgets and program narratives.
    • Develop amendments and make funds accessible for school and program use.
    • Manage the Title I grant and assist with program implementation.
    • Monitor programs for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) compliance.
    • Provide fiscal and compliance oversight to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.
    • Prepare for audits and New York State monitoring reviews of Federal program dollars and programs.
    • Serve as liaison between the District and the New York State Department of Education for Federal program matters.
  • Public Meetings & the Role of Stakeholders

    2021-2022 Meeting Schedule (in Preparation for 2022-2023 program year)


    Consolidated Application

    Meeting Series for 2022-2023

    Federal Education Funding 

    Titles I & Title IIA 

    Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 5:30-7:00pm 

    Archive of July 12 Meeting

            • Supplemental Educational Supports

            • Expanded Learning Time

            • Parent Involvement

            • Professional Development

    American Rescue Plan (ESSER), Contract for Excellence,
    & Foundation Aid

    Monday, July 18, 2022 - 5:30-7:00pm 

    Titles III, IV & VI
    Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 5:30-7:00pm   


            • Multilingual Education 

            • Academic Enrichment 

            • Advanced Placement 

            • Visual & Performing Arts 

            • Social & Emotional Supports

            • Native American Programming

    Consolidated Application for Federally Funded Programs 
    (Titles I, IIA, III, IV & VI Budgets)
    Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 5:30-7:00pm   
            • Title I Proposed Budget 

            • Title IIA Proposed Budget 

            • Title III Proposed Budget 

            • Title IV Proposed Budget 



    Role of Our Valued Stakeholders

    Much like the inclusive role of a School-Based Management Team in creating a school-based budget, school districts are required to consult with various stakeholder groups before they develop budgets and determine programs using Federal funds.

    Buffalo Public Schools takes this responsibility seriously, and we solicit stakeholder involvement in a variety of ways. 

    • Online Surveys (click HERE to participate)
    • In-Person Community Meetings
    • LiveSteam/virtual meetings, with digital stakeholder participation




    We Advertise Through:

    • Email notifications
    • District website notifications
    • Automated phone system
    • District Facebook and Twitter Accounts
    • Office of Federal & State Programs newsletters
    • Weekly bulletin to District Staff


    Who Is a Stakeholder?

    A District Stakeholder can be any of the following:

    • Parent
    • Student
    • Buffalo Board of Education member
    • City of Buffalo resident
    • Community based organization/District partner
    • Private school parent
    • Private school teacher
    • Representative of Higher Education
    • Support staff member
    • Teacher
    • Teacher aide/assistant
    • School Administrator