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CRB BOE appoints Anita Murphy as new District Superintendent  

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May 15, 2017

Tonight the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education appointed Anita Murphy as the new district superintendent. Replacing Charles S. Dedrick, who retired last July, Murphy will officially begin her new post on July 10, 2017.

The selection resulted from a state-wide search and interviews conducted by the board, as well as stakeholder groups made up of representatives from component districts, and BOCES teachers, staff, and administrators.

Murphy comes to BOCES from the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District, a district in Oswego County that serves approximately 1,300 students that reside within a 180 square mile area, where she has been the superintendent for the last three years. Prior to that she served as deputy superintendent in both the Rochester City and Syracuse City Schools and the director of instruction in the Albany City Schools. She has also worked for the New York State Education Department as the associate commissioner. She started her career in the Binghamton City School District where she was a teacher, teacher on special assignment and finally the director of instructional data. (See Murphy's resume for more information)

What is the BOCES Executive Leadership Team?

The district superintendent will partner with the senior executive officer to form the Executive Leadership Team and provide forward-thinking collaborative leadership for the organization. The district superintendent position will focus on the state-level responsibilities, such as assisting the education commissioner with implementing statewide initiatives, overseeing the administration of state grants, and working with the regional information center on data warehousing, testing and regional planning. The senior executive officer will handle the day-to-day oversight of BOCES’ programs, services and business operations.

The Board of Education will be setting a timeline and process for hiring the senior executive officer in May, and further information will be shared at that time..

“BOCES is very fortunate to have an educator of Murphy’s caliber and varied experience,” said current Chief Executive Officer John Yagielski. “She is uniquely suited to work with our BOCES in that she has ‘boots on the ground’ understanding of the different types of districts we serve, plus extensive policy process experience from working with the State Education Department.”

Yagielski’s sentiments are echoed by Capital Region BOCES Board of Education President Lynne Lenhardt. “Anita’s experience with small city, rural, and Big 5 school districts, and at the State Education Department, make her a valuable asset to Capital Region BOCES as we continue to move forward and improve.”

Murphy is excited to be joining the Capital Region BOCES team and she stressed that she views the district superintendent position as an active member of that larger team. “To me, BOCES exists to support our districts and the needs of their students,” she said. “The role of the district superintendent is to partner with the component district leaders and get them what they need so their kids can be successful.”

Murphy believes the position is a perfect mix between policy work and direct service to students, both areas that she excels in. “By virtue of its location and the fact that it’s composed of districts that are really a microcosm of districts statewide, Capital Region BOCES should be the BOCES that everyone looks to to see what’s next. I think my skill set is a good match to help us get there,” she commented.

“I am a person who listens, and then acts to help kids succeed. I can’t wait to get started,” she concluded.

Murphy loves to cook and often travels to her hometown of Binghamton to spend time with her extended family.

Murphy and the board have agreed upon a 3-year contract with a salary of $157,000. District Superintendents, by New York State Education Law, are appointed by the local BOCES with the approval of the Commissioner of Education. The salary is derived from two sources: the State Education Department will pay $43,499 and BOCES will pay $113,501.

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