Kids come first.

Let's protect our public schools.

Together for Our Public Schools is a grassroots, nonpartisan coalition of parents and community members advocating to protect inclusive, quality education in Orchard Park, New York.

Join us.

Our Candidates

We are proud to endorse Karen and Ty as candidates for Orchard Park School Board.

Vote on May 21st at the Orchard Park High School.

Karen Sreniawski

Learn more about Karen here.

Ty Romanello

Learn more about Ty here.

Our Candidates' Platform

Learn about their priorities as board members:
  • We will make decisions based on data and evidence, using input and feedback from all stakeholders in our community – students, parents, teachers, staff, experts, taxpayers, etc.
  • We will follow the framework of laws and mandates from the State Department of Education.
  • We will work diligently to find equitable solutions to problems rather than just identify problems.
  • We value the importance of listening and understanding a variety of perspectives, and then making our decisions based on what benefits the district and community.
  • We will advocate for students, teachers, staff, and parents to ensure OP students of all academic levels receive a strong, comprehensive education that will allow them to be successful lifelong learners.
  • We believe it is important to have school, home and community working together to support each other and do what is best for our students and community.
  • We believe all students regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, ability, disability or socioeconomic status should feel valued, welcome and supported in our schools.
  • We support increased academic intervention and special education programs to support our students.
  • We want taxpayers to be confident that our districts resources will be used sensibly, effectively, and transparently.
  • We will closely monitor the inflation and costs of the ongoing capital project so it does not result in a taxpayer impact.
  • We will provide financial stability and fiscal responsibility to our school while striving to stay at or below the tax cap.

Our Story

The Orchard Park School District has long been known for excellence. So much so that in November of 2022, the US Department of Education named OPHS a National Blue Ribbon School. Despite this fact, outside political forces have been a threat to our thriving school district, using the same tactics that are harming other school districts across the country. 

For the past two years our community has voted for protecting public education and for pushing back against the influence of national politics on local education. We voted to support and respect the expertise of our teachers, librarians and administrators. We voted to protect ALL of our students.  

We felt there was a need to organize a group of parents and community members to take a stand for supporting public education in our district. That’s why we’re here. It’s YOUR voice that is vital to ensuring that kids continue to come first in Orchard Park, NY.

Support Our Candidates

Here are several quick ways to show support for our campaign:

Donate

You can make a donation to our candidates' campaign via Venmo @Karen-Ty-BOE-2024.

Request a Sign

We'd love to deliver our yard signs to you!

Follow us

Show your support by liking us on Facebook and following us on other social media channels.

Sign up

Subscribe to our email list to get updates about the campaign.

Get in Touch

We'd love to hear from you about your concerns and views about Orchard Park's schools.

Join our FB group

We have a private FB group for our supporters to connect.

What We Believe

Inclusion

The public schools in our community should remain places where all students — regardless of race, religion, gender orientation, or ability — are welcomed and can thrive and succeed.

Collaboration

All members of the community should be focused on working together for the sake of our students, not creating chaos and dysfunction with personal grievances and hostility toward administrators and teachers.

Excellence Over Extremism

Community members should reject the influence of extremist politics and divisive outside groups with alarming slogans and rhetoric and instead focus on maintaining the excellence of our schools.

Freedom to Read

We celebrate the American ideals and free speech and equality. Trying to limit what children read or learn based on bigotry or political beliefs is unpatriotic; it’s also censorship.

Respect for School Professionals

We respect administrators, teachers, librarians, board members, and other school staff as trained professionals. They deserve our respect — not name-calling, threats, and presumed bad intentions.

Evidence-Based Curriculum

Our children deserve a school community focused on evidence-based curriculum and instruction, not on personal score-settling and national political agendas.

All kids should feel valued, included, and supported in our public schools.

Join Our Newsletter

Subscribe to receive updates!