The District Superintendent of Capital Region BOCES traditionally has had a dual set of responsibilities, serving as the Chief Executive Officer of BOCES and as the regional representative of the Commissioner of Education. As CEO, the District Superintendent oversees all efforts of the BOCES, including 1,200 staff and more than 300 educational services provided at the request of component school districts.
As a representative of the State Education Department, the District Superintendent is responsible for providing leadership to school districts, often helping to interpret and implement New York State Education laws, as well as the rules, regulations and initiatives of the Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education.
With education changing so rapidly in New York State, the District Superintendents roles are more important than ever before. Academic standards are being raised and it is now the responsibility of BOCES District Superintendents to make sure that students in their component districts are meeting the new challenges.
Services offered through the District Superintendent:
At its meeting on May 16, 2016 the Capital Region
BOCES Board of Education formally appointed
John Yagielski as the Capital Region BOCES' interim leader commencing with the retirement of District Superintendent Charles Dedrick on July 1.
Yagielski's official title at BOCES is Chief Executive Officer. He will be paid an annual salary of $166,000 with no additional costs for health care or pension contributions. He is expected to remain at the helm throughout the 2016-17 school year while the Board conducts a thoughtful search for the next district superintendent.
According to State Education Department policy, a district superintendent from a neighboring BOCES will also need to be named as an interim district superintendent to assist with certain official duties, as described above. The person serving in that position is unpaid and will be appointed by SED.
Yagielski served as the chief financial officer for the Baltimore City Public Schools before becoming superintendent of the Greece and Shenendehowa school districts. Since retiring from Shen, he has continued to serve in a variety of important leadership roles including eight years as a member of the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education – from 2002 to 2010. Since then Yagielski has served as the chair of the New York State Educational Conference Board and interim superintendent in two Capital Region school districts: Schenectady City Schools and the Niskayuna Central School District. Most recently he conducted an extensive review of Tech Valley High School on behalf of both the Capital Region and Questar III BOCES.
Prior to his superintendent position in Cohoes, Dedrick worked for the Green Island School District. Before rising to the job of superintendent, he served as the business manager, a principal and a social studies teacher in the district.