The sharing of a school superintendent, the top administrator in a school district, has been tried among a small number of school districts in New York State and in 2013 was formalized through the passage of a section of NYS education law.
Across the state, a handful of districts are participating in the new format. In the nine-county area served by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, there is one shared superintendency. It is taking place across county borders on the far western edge of the region known as the Hudson Valley.
John Evans is a school superintendent shared between the Roscoe School District in Sullivan County (Hudson Valley Region) and the Downsville School District in Delaware County (Catskills Region).
Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, long known for its work in and advocacy for shared governmental services and the efficiencies they can bring about, has examined the shared superintendency with the intent of making a set of observations in the early days of this experiment in terms of school governance efficiency.
Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress academic intern Smaranda Dumitru examined the shared superintendency under the direction of and with additional research by Pattern Vice President for Research and Communications Barbara Gref in Spring 2014. The research entailed:
- selected case snapshots: Roscoe-Downsville, Newfane – Wilson (western New York) and Owen D. Young District plus Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES (human resources director)
- other relevant interviews
- text of related state legislation
- text of the enabling agreement between Roscoe and Downsville
- selected results of a survey in Roscoe and Downsville, distributed mainly among school personnel
- links to selected media reports and published resources regarding the shared superintendencies and other forms of school district sharing
- a chart of spending in the districts and as compared to New York State
- an examination of spending in central administrations in the Hudson Valley
- a chart of and link to school superintendent salaries
June 2014 – Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
About Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a not-for-profit policy and planning organization that promotes regional, balanced and sustainable solutions to enhance the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley. Founded in 1965 by business, academic and civic leaders, and based in Newburgh, N.Y., Pattern works within the nine-county area that includes Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.