The District Superintendent of Capital Region BOCES has 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 Superintendent's 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:
In June 2008, Dr. Charles S. Dedrick became the ninth District Superintendent of Capital Region BOCES. Dedrick is an experienced educator who most recently served as superintendent of the Cohoes City School District for nine years.
Under Dedrick's direction as superintendent, Cohoes City Schools made significant gains, including: recognition by New York State as a"High Achieving, Gap Closing District"; Cohoes Middle School was removed from the"School in Need of Improvement" list; English Language Arts and math scores improved substantially; a full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program was implemented; maintained an award-winning character education program; and created joint programs with the University at Albany, Russell Sage College, the College of Saint Rose and Hudson Valley Community College. Dedrick also presented eight consecutive school budgets and four building projects that were approved by district residents.
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.
Dedrick has a Doctorate of Education in
Educational Leadership from Russell Sage Graduate School; master's
degrees in Educational Administration and Policy Studies and in
Developmental Reading from the State University at Albany; a
bachelor's degree in Political Science from Excelsior College; and
completed The Superintendents' Academy and Post-Graduate
Superintendents' Academy through the New York State Council of