Committees are an important part of the work of The Council. Each committee is led by a chairperson who is appointed by the President with recommendations by the Executive Director.
Membership on committees varies depending on the by-laws. Members are welcome to join the committees (s)he is most interested in. Committee selection is done in conjunction with membership and only active members of The Council may join committees. Join a committee and:
- Share your expertise in areas of Curriculum and Instruction.
- Select the next scholarship winner.
- Educate your fellow colleagues on wellness.
- Advocate in Washington, D.C. for New York school districts.
Join a Committee
Join one or more of these Council Committees when submitting your membership for the year and be more involved in helping students, school district communities and your colleagues. Assist The Council with important tasks that help this organization work for, with, and by our members.
Liaison to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association;
provides input to legislative committees and SED on issues related to
Chair: Lori Caplan, Superintendent, Watervliet City
Helps explore and develop professional development programs and services tailored to the needs of The Council's Cabinet members.
Chair: Lynn Allen, Assistant Superintendent, Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
Commission on Diversity & Inclusivity
Focuses on helping ensure gender, racial and economic equality among those serving as a superintendent.
Chairs: Luvelle Brown, Superintendent, Ithaca & L. Oliver Robinson, Superintendent, Shenendehowa
Guides the design of the Fall Leadership Summit and the Winter Institute
to create a seamless experience including improving educational
formats, identifying leading meeting ideas, and creating content strands
and vettting presentation proposals.
Chairs: Phyllis Harrington, Superintendent, Oceanside UFSD & Robert Ike, Superintendent, Palmyra-Macedon
Curriculum & Instruction
Helps to formulate Council positions on curriculum, assessment and
instructional issues. Primarily responsible for advising The Council on
most issues addressed by the Board of Regents and disseminates
information to the membership pertaining to curricular concerns.
Chair: Lorna Lewis, Superintendent, Malverne UFSD
Serves as a liaison between the Curriculum and Instruction Committee and
the NYSED Office for Standards, Assessments, and Reporting. Solicits
input and feedback regarding issues, questions, concerns, and
recommendations pertaining to assessment.
Chair: David Hurst, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs, Bethlehem CSD
Special Ed Sub-Committee
This sub-committee of the Curriculum & Instruction Committee helps
to formulate Council positions on Special Education and serves as an
advisory subcommittee to the Curriculum and Instruction Committee on
matters related to serving students with disabilities in New York State.
Chair: Maureen Donahue, Superintendent, Southwestern
Dr. Mary Barter Scholarship for Women and Minorities
Explores and recommends strategies for recruitment of outstanding
candidates, especially minorities women, into the educational profession
and the superintendency.
Chair: Gladys Cruz, District Superintendent, Questar III BOCES
An advocacy committee which serves to monitor federal legislation and to
provide input on key issues affecting New York State schools to members
of U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education. The committee
also coordinates efforts with the sub-committee of the American
Association of School Administrators (AASA)/Federal Relations Committee.
Membership on this committee includes New York's AASA Executive
Committee and Governing Board members.
Chair: Cosimo Tangorra, Superintendent, Niskayuna
Member Service Sub-Committee
A sub-committee of the Snapshot of the Superintendency Committee, which primarily is
responsible for reviewing current member benefits and determining
what/if any additional services may be beneficial to the membership.
Chair: William Heidenreich, Superintendent, Valley Stream Central HS District
Promotes the well-being of superintendents through informational programs and activities.
Chair: Bo Lawrence Wright, Superintendent, Rush-Henrietta
The following committees are by appointment only.
APPR Task Force
Aids in formulating Council positions on teacher and principal evaluation issues and in identifying information and training needs of members about the evaluation system.
Chair: Kimberly Moritz, Superintendent, Springville-Griffith Institute
Prepares budget for submission to House of Delegates. The House of Delegates at the Winter Institute meeting elects three Budget Committee members.
Chair: Jason Andrews, Superintendent, Windsor
Constitution, By-Laws and Resolutions
Reviews proposed amendments and resolutions to The Council’s Constitution and drafts amendments for consideration by active members. Constitution limits membership to seven members.
Chair: Michael Vanyo, Interim Superintendent, Berkshire
Selects recipients of The Council’s Awards including the Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship and Distinguished Service Award, both of which are given at the Fall Leadership Summit. "Friend of The Council" and Appreciation Awards are presented at the Winter Institute. The committee also selects New York State's candidate for AASA "Superintendent of the Year" award and is composed of past presidents of The Council.
Chair: Hank Grishman, Superintendent, Jericho
Promotes high standards of ethics among school administrators; assists members in dealing with ethical issues; investigates allegations of improper practices; recommends financial assistance for initial legal consultation. The Council’s president appoints committee members. Chair: TBD
Finance and Investment
Responsibilities shall be to advise The Council on investments, recommend an investment strategy, ensure the preparation of an annual audit and tax forms, and review audited financial statements.
Chair: Charles Dedrick, Executive Director
The mission of the legislative committee is to advocate for the support of public education with elected officials, state and local agencies, the media, and local communities. They stress the importance of public education as an investment in the country’s future through regular communication with policy makers and help shape education policy through position papers, letters to the editor, and timely articles. The also prepare a legislative agenda.
Chairs: Joseph Famularo, Superintendent, Bellmore UFSD & Neil O'Brien, Superintendent, Port Byron
Places names of active members in nomination for Council offices and communicates with the membership relate to the process. The committee, consisting of seven members, is appointed at the Winter Institute.
Chair: Martin Handler, Superintendent, Pine Plains
Snapshot of the Superintendency
Primarily responsible for the design, development, and writing of the Snapshot of the Superintendency. Committee members possess expertise in research design and methodology as well as professional writing for publication. Members of the committee must attend meetings and contribute to the design, development, and writing of the document.
Chair: Robert Ike, Superintendent, Palmyra-Macedon