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Dave Versocki appointed BOCES' new Director of Technology

September 19, 2017

David Versocki headshotAt their meeting on Monday, Sept. 18, the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education appointed Dave Versocki as the Director of Technology for Capital Region BOCES.

This new position will be charged with developing and implementing a strategic vision in all areas of technology for the BOCES, including supporting the ongoing implementation of educational technology into BOCES classrooms.

Traditionally, BOCES has utilized Northeastern Regional Information Center’s (NERIC) services as a "toolbox," without providing the leadership and oversight needed to effectively infuse technology into the day-to-day operations of the organization.

"We're all familiar with the story of the shoemaker's children who have no shoes — that's kind of been our story here at BOCES," said Mark Jones, BOCES Deputy District Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer. "However, with the implementation of Dave's new position, we'll all be able to take full advantage of the resources of the NERIC in a strategic way because we'll finally have someone tasked with technology as their sole responsibility."

"Dave is uniquely suited to this new position because he brings a deep knowledge of the inner workings of the RIC, paired with both an incredible technical expertise and experience working within the BOCES organization," said Dale Breault, Director of NERIC. "I'm incredibly happy and pleased that Dave will be taking the lead on developing thoughtful technology planning and implementation for the BOCES side of the house."

Breault acknowledged that Versocki leaves "big shoes to fill" and said that NERIC will be casting a wide net to find a replacement for his position, specifically looking for a candidate with a level of technical understanding that is both broad and deep. The search for Versocki's replacement at NERIC will begin very soon in the hopes of allowing him to fully transition to the BOCES Director of Technology position by early December.

"Obviously there is going to be a transition period over the next couple months," said Versocki. "I expect to have a foot in both camps until NERIC is able to hire my replacement. The good news is, I'm not going far — I'll be just across the hall."

Versocki said he is looking forward to getting out and talking to BOCES employees about their technology needs. "There is a tremendous need out there for technology solutions, not to mention better training and coordination," he said. "This new role will allow me to solve problems for our employees and I can't wait to get started."

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