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Westchester, Putnam Schools Superintendents Share Experiences At BOCES Talk

Somers Schools Superintendent Ray Blanch speaks at a talk hosted by Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.
Somers Schools Superintendent Ray Blanch speaks at a talk hosted by Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. Photo Credit: Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Superintendents from several local school districts got together to share their experiences at a leadership talk on Thursday, which was organized by Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.

Yorktown Schools Superintendent Ralph Napolitano, who recently announced that he is retiring, was one of the featured speakers. He spoke during a segment called "Is the Superintendency for Me?"

“You are never off duty. There’s an event practically every night,” Napolitano said, according to a quote provided by BOCES “But your ability to make change becomes greater as you move up the ladder. So, if you have a vision of what a district could be, this might be for you.”

Somers Superintendent Ray Blanch, BOCES recalled, "spoke about the need to align budgeting priorities with the district’s mission and vision so that funds are spent in pursuit of the Board of Education and community’s goals."

Croton Harmon Superintendent Edward Fuhrman, BOCES added, "spoke about the partnership that exists between the board of education and the district superintendent and the distinct responsibilities each has."

Jerel Cokley, an assistant superintendent with the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Union Free School District, was pleased with the talk, telling BOCES that it was "reassuring to know that there are so many colleagues who share the passion and curiosity of superintendents."

The talk, BOCES said, was co-sponsored by its Center for Educational Leadership and the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation. The latter sponsor is the professional development arm of the New York State Council of School Superintendent, BOCES said.

Other superintendents who spoke, BOCES said, included Brewster's Valerie henning-Piedmonte; Katonah-Lewisboro's Andrew Selesnick; Ossining's Ray Sanchez; Carmel's Andy Irvin; Mahopac's Dennis Creedon; and Peekskill's David Fine.

BOCES Superintendent James Ryan and Assistant Superintendent Lynn Allen were also present.

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