Board of Education

Members of the board are volunteers who are elected by members of the Boards of Education of our component school districts to serve for three-year terms. Learn about board membership and elections.

Learn about the two candidates—Brian R. Backus of the Niskayuna School District and Lynne Lenhardt of the Bethlehem School District—seeking election on April 21, 2021 to the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education.

Duties and responsibilities of the board include:

  • Provide shared educational services to our component schools.
  • Conduct needs assessments and long-range planning for BOCES and component school districts.
  • Employ teachers and support staff to carry out BOCES programs.
  • Prepare an annual BOCES budget and oversee annual expenditures.
  • Set policies for the organization and plans for future growth and change.
  • Appoint BOCES district superintendents (subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Education).
  • Work closely with the Capital Region BOCES district superintendent to implement state laws and board policies and directions.

To contact the Board of Education, email boe@neric.org.

Board Members

Headshot of Nancy Del Prado

Nancy delPrado

President
Elected: 2014
Current term ends: 2023
Home district: Mohonasen Central School District


Heather Soroka

Vice-President
Elected: 2018
Current term ends: 2022 
Home district: Watervliet City School District
Member of: Watervliet City School District Board of Education


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John Bergeron

Elected: 1976
Current term ends: 2023
Home district: Schenectady City School District 
Member of: Tech Valley High School Board of Education


Capital Region BOCES Board Member Naomi Hoffman

Naomi Hoffman

Elected: 2020
Current term ends: 2023
Home district: Shenendehowa Central School District
Member of: Shenendehowa Central School District Board of Education


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Kevin Kutzscher

Elected: 1995
Current term ends: 2022
Home district: Sharon Springs Central School District
Member of: Tech Valley High School Board of Education 


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Lynne Lenhardt

Elected: 1997
Current term ends: 2021
Home district: Bethlehem Central School District
Member of: Tech Valley High School Board of Education


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Barbara Mauro

Elected: 2009
Current term ends: 2021
Home district: Niskayuna Central School District


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John Phelan

Elected: 1994
Current term ends: 2023
Home district: Guilderland Central School District


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Rose Surman

Elected: 2007
Current term ends: 2022
Home district: Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District 


Matthew Tedeschi

Matthew Tedeschi

Elected: 2019
Current term ends: 2022
Home district: Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District 
Member of: Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District Board of Education