New:  2021-2022 NYSCOSS Leadership Meeting Schedule     [updated 6/23/21]

Executive Committee

The Council's Executive Committee consists of a 15-member board of active superintendents of school districts, which includes five officers, six elected members and four diversity and under-represented presidential appointments. The Executive Committee, along with the Executive Director, are the administrative body of The Council. They recommend policy to the House of Delegates and Commissioner's Advisory Council. They also conduct business between meetings of the House of Delegates and Commissioner's Advisory Council. This leadership group meets five to six times a year, starting with the Summer Leadership meetings and ending with the Spring Leadership meetings. 

This year's meeting dates are: Summer Retreat: June 29, 2021 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. / Fall Summit: September 26, 2021 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. / November EC/CAC Mtgs: November 18, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Winter EC/CAC Mtgs: January 20, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Winter Institute: March 6, 2022 at 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (tentative) / Spring Leadership: May 5, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Next year's meeting dates are: Summer Retreat: June/July 2022 (TBD). Note: Check this page periodically as dates and times are subject to change.

House of Delegates

The House of Delegates (HOD) is the policy-making body of The Council and consists of approximately 80 active superintendents of school districts. Membership of the House of Delegates consists of the elected officers of The Council, Council Past Presidents as ex-officio members, at least one delegate elected from each of the BOCES geographical units, plus one delegate from each of the big five cities.

The HOD meets several times per school year and holds its regular meetings starting at the Fall Leadership Summit, during the Winter Institute, and lastly at the Spring Leadership Event. Delegates are invited to attend the Summer Retreat held in the year they are serving. Delegates are also invited to participate in the Commissioner's Advisory Council meetings held during the Spring Leadership Event and the Summer Retreat.

This year's dates are: Fall Summit: September 26, 2021 at 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. / Winter Institute: March 6, 2022 at 11:00 - 12:30 p.m./ Spring Leadership: May 5, 2022 at 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. / Spring Leadership C.A.C. Meeting: May 6, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Note: Check this page periodically as dates and times are subject to change.

Advocating Beyond

Commissioner's Advisory Council

During the fall, members of the Commissioner’s Advisory Council (CAC) are selected. Membership on the CAC remains within the BOCES geographical regions. The BOCES are split into 12 regions throughout New York State, plus the Big 5 Schools. This council also includes the Executive Committee, the President of LEAF, Inc., and Council Past Presidents.

The CAC meets four times per year starting in November to meet with the Commissioner of Education and State Education Department (SED) leadership. Agendas are developed between the Executive Director of The Council and the Deputy Commissioner of Education and approved by the Commissioner. The Commissioner's Advisory Council members and the Commissioner and SED leadership meet to share ideas and discuss current education topics.

This year's meeting dates are: Fall CAC Mtg: November 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Winter Mtg: January 21, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Spring Leadership: May 6, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Summer Retreat: June/July 2022 (TBD). Note: Check this page periodically as dates and times are subject to change.

AASA Governing Board

The National affiliate of The Council, the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) provides additional leadership services to all school system leaders and offers resources for superintendents, cabinet members and central office. The Council encourages AASA membership and dues for both organizations may be paid through Council membership. 

Share Your Expertise

Join a committee: 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. Serving as a committee chair is an important job with high expectations.

Membership on committees will vary 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.

Learn About Committees


Questions?

Contact:

Heather Rapp
Administrative Assistant
E: heather@nyscoss.org
T: 518.694.4872

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House of Delegates Members

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Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCESMemberMr. Corey Green
Superintendent of Schools
Owego-Apalachin CSD
5 Sheldon Guile Boulevard Owego, NY 13827
7/1/20206/30/2022
Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCESAlternateDr. Tonia Thompson
Superintendent of Schools
Binghamton City SD
PO Box 2126 164 Hawley Street Binghamton, NY 13902
7/1/20216/30/2022
Capital District JMT RegionAlternateMs. Anita Murphy
District Superintendent
Capital Region BOCES
900 Watervliet-Shaker Road Albany, NY 12205
7/1/20216/30/2022
Capital Region BOCESMemberMr. David Blanchard
Superintendent of Schools
Schoharie CSD
PO Box 430 136 Academy Drive Schoharie, NY 12157
7/1/20206/30/2022
Capital Region BOCESMemberMs. Jody L. Monroe
Superintendent of Schools
Bethlehem CSD
700 Delaware Avenue Delmar, NY 12054
7/1/20216/30/2023
Capital Region BOCESAlternateDr. Thomas Reardon
Superintendent of Schools
Schalmont CSD
4 Sabre Drive Schenectady, NY 12306
7/1/20216/30/2022
Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCESMemberMr. Robert J. Breidenstein
Superintendent of Schools
Salamanca City SD
50 Iroquois Drive Salamanca, NY 14779
7/1/20216/30/2023
Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCESMemberMr. Kaine Michael Kelly
Superintendent of Schools
Randolph CSD
18 Main Street Randolph, NY 14772
7/1/20216/30/2023
Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCESAlternateMichael A. Retzlaff
Superintendent of Schools
Bolivar-Richburg CSD
100 School Street Bolivar, NY 14715-1235
7/1/20216/30/2022
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCESMemberMr. Jarett Steven Powers
Superintendent of Schools
Union Springs CSD
239 Cayuga Street Union Springs, NY 13160
7/1/20216/30/2023

Past Presidents

Committee PositionCommittee Member Contact InfoTerm StartTerm End
MemberMrs. Maureen E. Donahue
Superintendent of Schools
Southwestern CSD
600 Hunt Rd Jamestown, NY 14701 UNITED STATES
7/1/2017 
MemberDr. Clark J. Godshall
District Superintendent
Orleans-Niagara BOCES
4232 Shelby Basin Road Medina, NY 14103
3/15/2018 
MemberMr. Henry L. Grishman
Superintendent of Schools
Jericho UFSD
99 Cedar Swamp Road Jericho, NY 11753
7/1/2017 
MemberDr. Robert R. Ike
Superintendent of Schools
Palmyra-Macedon CSD
127 Cuyler Street Palmyra, NY 14522
7/1/2021 
MemberDr. Lorna R. Lewis
Superintendent of Schools
Malverne UFSD
301 Wicks Lane Malverne, NY 11565
7/1/2019 
MemberDr. Kevin C. McGowan
Superintendent of Schools
Brighton CSD
2035 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14618
7/1/2021 
MemberDr. L. Oliver Robinson
Superintendent of Schools
Shenendehowa CSD
5 Chelsea Place Clifton Park, NY 12065
7/1/2017 

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