Who We Are & Those We Serve
OCM BOCES currently serves 23 component school districts and is the seventh largest of the 37 BOCES in New York State. For more than 70 years, OCM BOCES has served and collaborated with component school districts to provide educational services and learning experiences for students of all ages. Program offerings include career and technical education, special education, alternative education and workforce preparation for adults. In addition to our 23 component districts, we provide services to the Syracuse City School District and schools within the Diocese of Syracuse upon request.
Additionally, the CNY Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) at OCM BOCES serves as a regional resource to 106 schools and BOCES throughout CNY. The CNYRIC, one of 12 information centers in the state, offers educational technology solutions that apply to many facets of school district operations. Our Instructional Support Services division offers professional development, science kits, library services, consultant services and numerous related programs for teachers and administrators. Our Management Services division offers opportunities for school districts to save money through cooperative purchasing, labor relations and other central business office support.
The Position & Candidate
The District Superintendent serves as the liaison of the New York State Education Department to 23 public school districts within Onondaga, Cortland and Madison Counties. In this state role, the District Superintendent supports the implementation of State Education Law, the policies of the State Board of Regents, Commissioner’s regulations, and attends to special assignments at the request of the Commissioner. The District Superintendent is considered a state employee and reports to the Deputy Commissioner for Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education. As Chief Executive Officer of OCM BOCES, the District Superintendent is responsible for providing leadership to school districts within the supervisory district. In this capacity, the District Superintendent plans, administers, supervises, and evaluates the regional support services and educational programs provided by the BOCES at the request of its 23 component school districts. In addition, the District Superintendent assists the component school districts in the recruitment and selection of school superintendents as needed. The Chief Executive Officer of the OCM Board of Cooperative Educational Services is accountable to an 11-member board of education. As specified in New York State Education Law, District Superintendents of Schools are appointed by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services with the approval of the Commissioner of Education. New York State Education Law governs continuing service of the District Superintendents.