April 2011
Board to Board - April 2012

Summer 2011

From the Board -

It is hard to believe that we are half way through another sumer and that the 2011-2012 school year will soon be upon us! For those of us who work so closely with school districts, we realize how busy the summer months are with planning and preparing for another year.
Welcome New Board of Education Members!

Congratulations to all board members, board presidents and vice presidents new for the 2011-2012 school year! You play a critical role in your school district and we want you to know that OCM BOCES is here to help you, help your district succeed. Please take some time to become familiar with the many programs and services BOCES has to offer by visiting our website at www.ocmboces.org.

Click here to read an article from the New York State School Boards Association's "OnBoard" newsletter about school board service.

The New York State School Boards Association offers training for new board members. To view and register for their August 26, 2011 training at the Crowne Plaza in Syracuse, click here.
What is a BOCES?

BOCES, or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, are public education collaboratives in New York State that function as extensions of local school districts. A BOCES is able to provide services that school districts may be too small to offer on their own or that would be more economical to offer collaboratively, sharing costs with other districts. To read more, click here to  download our "Welcome to BOCES" fact sheet
Supporting Our Districts 

On May 28, 2010, New York State Education Law was amended to include Section 3012-c, establishing new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) requirements for(classroom teachers and building principals. The historic legislation has set a new course for teacher and school leader effectiveness by requiring annual evaluations to be based in large part on student achievement. The law not only changes the way teachers and principals are evaluated, it requires that evaluations be a significant factor in decisions relating to promotion, retention, tenure, and differentiated professional support and professional development. Additionally, the law provides an expedited disciplinary process for the removal of ineffective teachers and principals.

By September 1, 2011, the governing body of each school district and BOCES in New York State must adopt a plan for the annual professional performance review of its teachers providing instructional services or pupil personnel services. For the 2011-2012 school year, the law only applies to classroom teachers of the common branch subjects, English language arts or mathematics in grades 4-8 and the building principals of schools in which such teachers are employed. In the 2012-2013 school year, the new law applies to all classroom teachers and building principals. ((The new regulation presents challenges in terms of our own implementation of a new APPR as well as supporting our districts as they implement their changes. Our staff has spent a significant amount of time attempting to understand and communicate to districts the new requirements for developing and negotiating a new evaluation system.

Under the direction of Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services, Jeff Craig, BOCES has held monthly meetings for APPR discussions and to present information, created a micro-website on the topic for resource sharing, formed various presentations for different audiences, developed graphic organizers, planning grids and sample APPRs and will provide lead evaluator training in the 2011-2012 school year.

Undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges that districts are facing is APPR development and OCM BOCES is committed to supporting our districts and helping them work through the challenges.

For more information about the work OCM BOCES is doing with APPR, please contact Jeff Craig, OCM BOCES’ Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services, at 315/433-2627 or by e-mail at jcraig@ocmboces.org.
OCM BOCES Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees

Congratulations to Keith Standish and Leah Estock for having been inducted into the OCM BOCES Alumni Hall of Fame for 2011. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals who have graduated from OCM BOCES programs and who demonstrate leadership in their field.

To be considered for the Alumni Hall of Fame, individuals must be a graduate of an OCM BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, must currently be engaged in a career related to their program of completion at BOCES, must demonstrate leadership in their field and show civic responsibility.

Each year, two honorees will be selected - one from the OCM BOCES McEvoy campus in Cortland, and one from the OCM BOCES Henry Campus in Syracuse. 2011 is the first year for the OCM BOCES.

About the 2011 honorees:

Leah Estock is a 2009 graduate of the OCM BOCES Pastry Arts Program. During her time at BOCES, Leah was chosen as the OCM BOCES Student of the Year for 2009. When she was in 7th grade she founded, and still operates, "Cheesecakes by Leah" supplying cheesecakes to friends and family. Today she has expanded her business and is now contracting with restaurants.

As a student at OCM BOCES, she participated in the ProStart Competition in both her junior and senior years and also served as an officer and competed in SkillsUSA. Leah also qualified as a member of the National Technical Honor Society for two years.

Leah graduated from Johnson and Wales University where she was part of the prestigious Sharp Program. She maintained placement on the school's Dean's list throughout her school career.

Ms. Estock is involved in volunteer work in Rhode Island, including working in a church pantry that supplies food for the needy. She participates in running races and works for various charitable organizations.

Keith Standish, our McEvoy Campus honoree, is a 1985 graduate of the OCM BOCES Automotive Collision Technology Program and recipient of the school’s “Outstanding Student” award. For the past five years, Keith has been the owner of KARS Collision in Cortland, NY. Mr. Standish has been an active member of the OCM BOCES Auto Collision Advisory Committee for the past ten years and provides opportunities for current students to intern at his facility.

Keith has been a leader in the community, participating and leading “Wheels for Work,” a charitable program designed to help single parent, low-income families with repairs to their automobiles at little or no cost. Keith also works at Catholic Charities, helping to provide vehicles to individuals needing transportation. 

Race to the Top

In August of 2010, the United States Department of Education announced that New York State would be awarded nearly $700 million as a winner in the second round of the Federal Race To The Top (RTTT) competition. Part of that money went to the New York State Education Department and the rest was allocated to districts to be used over four years.

Districts could choose whether or not to participate in New York State’s Race to the Top. Regardless of participation, certain tasks are being required of every district in the State. Those tasks include the implementation of Common Core State Standards; creation of formative, interim and college and career readiness assessments; development of new teacher and principal evaluation systems and the utilization of data systems.

As part of New York’s RTTT application, participating districts could form either a BOCES Network Team or a Network Team Equivalent to support their schools in completing the tasks. (Nineteen of the 23 component school districts of the OCM BOCES have chosen to form a Network Team to pool and most effectively utilize their Federal Race To The Top funds.

The 19 districts making up the OCM BOCES Race To The Top Network Team are Cazenovia, Chittenango, Cincinnatus, Cortland City, DeRuyter, Fabius-Pompey, Fayetteville-Manlius, Homer, Jamesville-DeWitt, LaFayette, Lyncourt, Marathon, Marcellus, McGraw, Onondaga, Solvay, Tully, West Genesee and Westhill. Within the OCM BOCES Network Team, individual district funding was as low as $24,500. By combining resources, however, more than one million dollars will now be used to provide all 19 districts with the same high quality resources and services. Centralized training and assistance will be available regarding each of the tasks charged by the State. By pooling the funds, OCM BOCES will have the ability to hire two administrators, dedicated to communicating between the State and the OCM BOCES Network Team’s districts. The new staff will take the changes from the State Education Department and translate them into school-based and district-based reform.

The administrators will be a subgroup of the OCM BOCES Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment due to the natural connection between them. (The OCM BOCES Network Team is in the process of forming an advisory committee, with representation from Network Team districts, to guide staff as they work to meet the State’s RTTT goals in ways that complement their own district’s plans. The advisory committee will help hire the two administrators to be employed by OCM BOCES, selecting the people best able to meet their collective needs and considerations. Jeff Craig is OCM BOCES’ Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services and has taken lead of the Network Team. “There is a great deal of work to be done over the next few years in order to realize the Regents’ Reform Agenda of excellence and equity for all students and we want to prepare students to be college, career and citizenship ready. By working together this way, we’ll be able to get the changes implemented far more efficiently and far more effectively than if we worked alone.”

OCM BOCES has established a webpage dedicated to Network Team progress, news and available resources. The web address is networkteam.ocmboces.org.

For more information about the OCM BOCES Network Team, please contact Jeff Craig, OCM BOCES’ Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services, at 315/433-2627 or by e-mail at jcraig@ocmboces.org.
Five Districts Under New Leadership for 2011-2012 School Year

The 2011-2012 school year will bring about many changes for the 23 component school districts of the OCM BOCES. Among those changes, five districts will be led by a new superintendent of schools. Each year, the OCM BOCES District Superintendent, Jessica Cohen, assists component districts with their superintendent searches as requested.

Please help us in welcoming the following superintendents, new to these districts this year:

Chittenango Central - Michael A. Schiedo
Prior to taking over as the Superintendent of Schools for the Chittenango Central School District on July 1, 2011, Mr. Schiedo had been the Superintendent of the Lyncourt Unior Free School District since 2008. Before that time he served that district as principal of grades K-8. Schiedo had also previously worked for the Chittenango Central School District as Dean of Students and Director of Athletics, Health, Physical Education and Family and Consumer Sciences. Mr. Schiedo earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from SUNY Cortland as well as his Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration. 

Homer Central - Nancy Ruscio
Ms. Ruscio began serving in the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Homer Central School District in January of 2011. Before coming to the Homer District, Ms. Ruscio had been the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in Canandaigua since 2000. Previous to that position, she was an Instructional Specialist and an Assistant Superintendent for Standards and Regional Capacity Building at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. She had also served as a Director of Instruction and an Elementary Principal at the Manchester-Shortsville Central School District, and an Assistant High School Principal and classroom teacher at the Moravia Central School District. Ms. Ruscio is a graduate of Homer High School, SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland.

Lyncourt Central - James Austin

James Austin began working as the Superintendent of Schools for the Lyncourt Union Free School District on July 1, 2011. Prior to that date he served as the K-8 Principal for the Lyncourt Union Free School District. Previous to that position, he was the Elementary Principal at Palmer Elementary in the Baldwinsville Central School District, and the Assistant Principal at Ray Middle School, also in the Baldwinsville District. Mr. Austin is a graduate of the State Universities of New York at Oswego and Cortland.

Marathon Central - Rebecca Stone
Ms. Stone began her tenure as Superintendent of Schools for the Marathon Central School District on August 1, 2011. Previously, she had been the Principal at the Maynard P. Wilson Elementary School the South Jefferson Central School District since 2011. Prior to that position, she was an 8th grade Science Teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a 7th grade Math and Science Teacher in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Ms. Stone is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Washington State University, and the University of Utah. She also complete the Future Superintendent Leadership Academy.

North Syracuse Central - Dr. Kimberly Dyce Faucette
Dr. Dyce took over as the Superintendent of Schools for the North Syracuse Central School District on August 1, 2011. She had previously been employed with the Rochester City School District since 1990, most recently as the Chief of Staff since 2004. Prior to that position, she was the Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Principal of the Benjamin Franklin High School, and House Administrator at the James Monroe Middle School. She also taught Social Studies for grades 7-12 at several schools within the Rochester City School District. Dr. Dyce graduated from the University of Rochester and the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester.
OCM BOCES Students on Paths to Success

Each year, hundreds of high school students from our many programs fulfill their course requirements and go on to begin successful lives and careers backed by a quality education and specialized training. In the 2010-2011 school year, 65 students graduated from alternative education programs at OCM BOCES and more than 350 students completed a career and technical education course. Many of those students competed for and received scholarships and/or tools for their trade, with nearly $45,000 in scholarship money received by our students.

Each year, OCM BOCES CTE students have many opportunities to demonstrate their skills against other career and technical education students at local and state competitions. During the 2010-2011 school year, five of our students also qualified for and competed in national level competitions! Those students are:
•    Mackenzie Foster, an OCM BOCES Medical Professions student from the Fabius-Pompey Central School District – qualified for the National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition in Extemporaneous Writing category
•    Sarah Jordan, an OCM BOCES Medical Professions student from the Cortland City School District – qualified for the National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition in Extemporaneous Health Poster category
•    Yuroslav (Slavic) Burko, an OCM BOCES Automotive Collision Technology student from the Baldwinsville Central School District – qualified for the SkillsUSA National competition in the Automotive Refinishing category
•    Christian Dorn from the North Syracuse Central School District and Codee Yount from the LaFayette Central School District, both OCM BOCES Automotive Technology students – as a team, qualified for the Ford AAA National competition

Twelve OCM BOCES Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Technology students were recognized for their outstanding achievements through Snap-On Tools for Success awards program. The students, selected by their OCM BOCES classroom instructors for their excellent automotive technology, math and science skills, as well as outstanding classroom participation, attendance and attitude, each received a certificate of excellence and a Snap-On Tools screwdriver, valued at over $50. Of the four from each classroom, one student was chosen to receive a black-handled screwdriver award, representing the “best of the best” in their field. The following OCM BOCES students were recognized with Tools for Success awards. Those marked with an * were selected for the black-handled screwdriver award:

Automotive Collision Technology (Instructor, Matthew McGiveny):
Robert Hansen (North Syracuse Central School District)
Brett Megerell (Chittenango Central School District)
*Shelby Nodine (Baldwinsville Central School District)
Sean O’Brien (North Syracuse Central School District)

Automotive Technology (Instructor, Samuel Azria):
Joseph DeMaria (Chittenango Central School District)
Clifford Jackson (Chittenango Central School District)
*James Kellogg (Baldwinsville Central School District)
Joseph Lehner (Chittenango Central School District)

Automotive Technology (Instructor, Erick Dodge):
Stephanie Tucker (Marcellus Central School District)
Jacob Wilcox (North Syracuse Central School District)
*Jacob Worden (Baldwinsville Central School District)
Maxim Zhuravlev (Liverpool Central School District)

 An Open Invitation

OCM BOCES would like to extend an open invitation to you, the members of our component boards of education, to visit one of our facilities and see your students at work. To schedule a visit, please call the District Superintendent, Jessica Cohen, at 315/433-2602.
OCM BOCES 2011-2012 Board of Education Members

Michael J. Brady – represents Homer and Cortland
Wayne Brownson, Vice President – represents East Syracuse Minoa
Catherine Cifaratta-Brayton – represents North Syracuse
Roseann DuBrava – represents Cincinnatus, Marathon and McGraw
Mark W. Gilbert – represents DeRuyter, Cazenovia and Chittenango
Mary Ann Haley – represents Tully, Fabius- Pompey and LaFayette
Michael Murphy – represents Liverpool
Lisa O’Reilly – represents Westhill, Lyncourt, Marcellus, Onondaga and Solvay
David A. Paczkowski – represents West Genesee
Joan Reeves – represents Baldwinsville
Ann Wright, President – represents Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius
OCM BOCES Administrative Staff
Jessica F. Cohen, District Superintendent
Deborah Ayers, Assistant Superintendent for Administration
Jeffrey Craig, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services
Colleen Viggiano, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Michael Fay, Chief Technology Officer
Mark Pettitt, Director of Personnel and Labor Relations
Last updated on 8/3/2011
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