The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office.


As an eyewitness to the wonderful accomplishments and disappointing shortcomings of Orchard Park School Boards since the 1970s, Mr. Anthony Agnello has concluded that there are generally three reasons why citizens of our community want to become school board members. Mr. Agnello offered this reflection, “Most candidates either have a personal advocacy issue to promote, an educational vision to share or service to offer to our school-community.”

Mr. Agnello was the 2012 Buffalo Bills/M&T Bank Teacher of the Year and following his recent retirement he was named to the prestigious Post of Fame, which annually recognizes a local citizen for a lifetime of service to the Orchard Park community. Mr. Agnello is the President of Friends of Afghanistan, the national organization of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, which has helped OP students send supplies and computers to Afghanistan as well as fund the construction of six schools for Afghan girls. He is also being nominated for the 2013 Harkins Alumni Award at Northern Arizona University, which annually recognizes an alumnus for distinguished humanitarian service.

“I believe that success is not an accident.” Mr. Agnello stated, “I am an educational reformer with a track record of accomplishments inside our school district.” Mr. Agnello was a designer for the collegial-communication model used in restructuring the OPHS Biology Department, which has produced consistent results that rank Orchard Park Biology students among the top performers in New York State.