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OCM BOCES names new assistant superintendent


     Jennifer L. Spong, an administrator at southwestern New York’s Cattaraugus-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services, will soon become the new assistant superintendent for Instructional Support Services at the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES.
     This ISS division assists 23 school districts in Central New York with a wide range of services, including professional development, curriculum and instruction, school library systems, science resources, summer school, youth development, special education support, teacher evaluations and more.
     At OCM BOCES, Spong will oversee 89 employees and manage an annual budget of $7.6 million. She replaces former Assistant Superintendent Jeff Craig, who recently became the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Cortland Enlarged City School District.
     The OCM BOCES Board of Education approved Spong’s appointment at a meeting Aug. 18. She is expected to start Sept. 12 at the OCM BOCES Main Campus at 110 Elwood Davis Road in Salina.
     Spong brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to OCM BOCES that will allow for a smooth leadership transition in one of the organization’s largest and most influential departments, said OCM BOCES District Superintendent Jody Manning.
     Her most recent work at the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES focused on assisting districts with online learning, science resources, educational media and technology, school library systems and environmental education.
     Prior to that, she worked as a staff development specialist for the same BOCES and as a middle school English Language Arts teacher for Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central Schools.
     “Jennifer has a deep understanding of BOCES and shares our passion for supporting component districts with anything they need to achieve their goals,” Manning said. “She will be a great addition to our leadership team.”
     Spong received her bachelor’s degree in adolescent education and English from Houghton College in New York and her master’s degree in risk and prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also earned her administrative degree from Buffalo State.
     Spong is excited about making the move to Central New York.
     “Finding another BOCES that has at the core of its mission a commitment to serving school districts and their students and teachers is incredibly exciting,” she said. “I'm looking forward to building on the great work already happening in the OCM region.”

 

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