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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Commissioner's Advisory Council

Each fall, membership of the Commissioner’s Advisory Council (CAC) is formed from the selection of one of the delegates within each of The Council's 12 BOCES geographical regions, plus the Big Five schools, Executive Committee members, the President of LEAF, Inc., and Council Past Presidents. This leadership group meets four times a year to share ideas an discuss topics with the Commissioner of Education and the State Education Department leadership team. Agendas are developed between the Executive Director, Deputy Director of The Council and the Deputy Commissioner of Education and approved by the Commissioner. 

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CAC-Big 5 SchoolsMr. Jaime Alicea
Superintendent of Schools
Syracuse City SD
725 Harrison Street Syracuse, NY 13210
1/1/2017 
CAC-Lower Hudson RegionDr. Sarah Chauncey
District Superintendent & CEO
Rockland BOCES
65 Parrott Rd West Nyack, NY 10994-1098 UNITED STATES
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-Capital RegionDr. Gladys I. Cruz
District Superintendent
Questar III BOCES
10 Empire State Boulevard, 2nd Floor Castleton On Hudson, NY 12033
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-Past PresidentMrs. Maureen E. Donahue
Superintendent of Schools
Southwestern CSD
600 Hunt Rd Jamestown, NY 14701 UNITED STATES
7/1/2017 
CAC-Suffolk CountyDr. Yiendhy Farrelly
Superintendent of Schools
West Babylon UFSD
10 Farmingdale Road West Babylon, NY 11704
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-Past PresidentDr. Clark J. Godshall
District Superintendent
Orleans-Niagara BOCES
4232 Shelby Basin Road Medina, NY 14103
9/25/2011 
CAC-Past PresidentMr. Henry L. Grishman
Superintendent of Schools
Jericho UFSD
99 Cedar Swamp Road Jericho, NY 11753
9/25/2011 
CAC-Past PresidentDr. Robert R. Ike
Superintendent of Schools
Palmyra-Macedon CSD
127 Cuyler Street Palmyra, NY 14522
6/1/2021 
CAC-Western RegionMr. Mark B. Kruzynski
Superintendent of Schools
Medina CSD
One Mustang Drive Medina, NY 14103
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-Past PresidentDr. Lorna R. Lewis
Superintendent of Schools
Malverne UFSD
301 Wicks Lane Malverne, NY 11565
9/1/2020 
CAC-Central Western RegionMr. Gene Mancuso
Superintendent of Schools
Honeoye Falls-Lima CSD
20 Church Street Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-North Country RegionMr. Daniel W. Mannix
Superintendent of Schools
Beekmantown CSD
37 Eagle Way West Chazy, NY 12992-2577
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-LEAF Board PresidentDr. Kevin C. McGowan
Superintendent of Schools
Brighton CSD
2035 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14618
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-Big 5 SchoolsDr. Lesli C. Myers-Small
Superintendent of Schools
Rochester City School District
131 West Broad Street Rochester, NY 14613 UNITED STATES
7/1/2020 
CAC-Ontario RegionMr. James A. Nee
Superintendent of Schools
Colton-Pierrepont CSD
4921 State Hwy 56 PO Box 5 Colton, NY 13625-0005 UNITED STATES
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-Mid-Hudson RegionDr. Paul J. Padalino
Superintendent of Schools
Kingston City SD
21 Wynkoop Place Kingston, NY 12401-3879 UNITED STATES
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-Southern TierMr. Jeremy Palotti
Superintendent of Schools
Hornell City SD
120 Raider Road Hornell, NY 14843
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-Central RegionMr. Stephen Parker Zielinski
Superintendent of Schools
South Seneca CSD
7263 Main Street Ovid, NY 14521
6/1/20216/30/2022
CAC-Big 5 SchoolsDr. Edwin M. Quezada
Superintendent of Schools
Yonkers City SD
One Larkin Center Yonkers, NY 10701
7/1/2016 
CAC-Past PresidentDr. L. Oliver Robinson
Superintendent of Schools
Shenendehowa CSD
5 Chelsea Place Clifton Park, NY 12065
9/25/2011 

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