Oceanside Superintendent Phyllis Harrington Named President of NYSCOSS

Congratulations to Dr. Phyllis Harrington who presented her inaugural address at the annual Summer Event on July 29th.

Federal COVID-Relief Funding

Access a collection of resources to help understand the requirements and opportunities attached to the federal assistance coming to most of New York's school districts.

Easy to Read School Aid Run - Plus Details

Access an excel spreadsheet allowing users to create an easier way to read School Aid run for any district passed on the state budget passed by the Legislature this week.

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Upcoming Programs & Events

July 20 - 29, 2021

Harvard Summer Virtual Series

The Harvard Summer Virtual Series is targeted to school leaders (superintendents, assistant superintendents and other cabinet-level leaders) and will consist of 4 sessions.
August 3, 2021

New Superintendents Orientation

Join us for the first session of the New Superintendents Institute scheduled for August 3, 2021 in Saratoga Springs. Meet fellow first year school superintendents from around the state to discuss leadership, ethics, facilities management and working collaboratively with your administrative team. Led by Dr. Douglas Huntley, the one-day workshop will kick off a year-long series that includes in-person and virtual meetings.
August 5 - 6, 2021

The Women's Initiative

Through a partnership with the NYS Council of School Superintendents and Erie 2-Chautauqu-Cattaraugus BOCES, we are excited to hold our Western New York Women's Initiative program at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora. We will be addressing issues related to Women in Leadership and gender equity in educational positions. Topics include successful interviewing strategies, leadership strengths in sports and buses, self-care and building confidence as a leader.
August 12 - 13, 2021

Thought Leadership Summit #6 - Syracuse

The Council and LEAF, Inc. invite you to participate in meaningful professional learning centered around current major educational issues with our high level strategic partners. There is no cost to participate, but cancellations received 14 days or less prior to the event will see a cancellation fee*. You are only responsible for hotel accommodations and travel, but space is limited to 40 school leaders.
September 26 - 28, 2021

2021 Fall Leadership Summit

September 26, 2021

New Superintendents Institute Fall Session

During this half-day session on September 26, prior to the opening of the Fall Leadership Summit, meet with colleagues to discuss superintendent evaluations and working with your school board during challenging times. New superintendents are also encouraged to attend a breakfast meeting with Commissioner of Education Betty A. Rosa on the morning of Tuesday, September 28th to discuss critical issues for  new superintendents.
October 13, 2021

New Superintendents October Virtual Workshop

Join us for a virtual workshop for new superintendents discussing fiscal leadership and labor relations and negotiations.
November 10, 2021

New Superintendents November Virtual Workshop

Join us for a virtual workshop for new superintendents which include updated from the State Education Department (NYSED); hear from a panel of past NYSCOSS presidents on their career experiences; and a discuss culturally proficient leadership.
January 26, 2022

New Superintendents Coffee & Conversation

Join us for a brief check in with new superintendents from around the state to discuss issues on your mind or share ideas with colleagues and NYSCOSS. Veteran superintendents will be on hand to share guidance and experences.

Important Dates to Remember

Find out what’s due when and get resources to help you succeed.
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New York State Superintendent of the Year Application Due
Final application due for the 2022 award process. 
Learn about process and next steps here.  
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2022 Appreciation Award Nominations
Nominate a member for the Appreciation Award
Learn how here.  
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2022 Friend of The Council Nominations
Nominate a non-member for Friend of The Council.
Learn how here.

For New Superintendents

We offer specific support to new superintendents tailored to making their transition to the superintendency as successful as possible:

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Member Spotlight

Phyllis S. Harrington, Ed.D.

Oceanside Union Free School District


We exist for one reason only - to help our members succeed on behalf of the children and communities they serve. One way we pursue that goal is through advocacy - for, with, and by our members.

View resources to help advocate for your school district and community.
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Why should I join NYSCOSS?

July 1, 2021

The Council helps school superintendents and its members succeed on behalf of the children and communities they serve. Through membership you can make lasting connections, access tools and resources, receive high quality professional development and be a part of a community of educational leaders. Download our membership brochure or contact Associate Director of Membership Melanie Seiden at melanie@nyscoss.org for more information.

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2021 Fall Leadership Summit: The Ride of Lifetime

Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY 

September 26-28, 2021

This past year was like a series of waves . . . ever-changing, never-ending, and rippling. Every day educational leaders were the calm in stormy seas.
It is time to celebrate education and the joy of the superintendency. 

Registration now open. See our 2021 Fall Leadership Summit Website and register today!  

Councilgram: Connecting the School Leadership Community

Featured in this Issue:

  • A Message of Thanks from the 2020-2021 Council President
  • Announcement of the 2021-2022 Executive Committee Members
  • 2021 Fall Leadership Summit Registration Information

Job Board


  • Superintendent of Schools

    East Moriches UFSD
    East Moriches, NY

  • Superintendent of Schools       

    Croton-on-Hudson, NY

  • Superintendent of Schools

    Holland-Patent CSD
    Holland-Patent, NY

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