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Search continues for Jeff-Lewis BOCES superintendent


The search continues for a new Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services superintendent to take over for retiring Superintendent Jack J. Boak.

Mr. Boak will retire July 1, after 31 years with BOCES and 44 years in the education field. St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Superintendent Thomas R. Burns, who is in charge of the search, said the BOCES board hopes to choose a new superintendent by early May. As of Friday, two completed applications and several partially completed applications had been submitted.

The deadline for submissions is the end of the business day Feb. 21 and Mr. Burns said the board plans to announce a candidate by the beginning of May.

Mr. Burns said once the application deadline closes, his office will deliver the completed applications to the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES for review.

“Between Feb. 26 and March 5, the BOCES board will review the applications,” Mr. Burns said, while he conducts background checks on the applicants. He said he will check references and make inquiries into the level of success the applicants had in previous positions.

Once the board has had a chance to review the applications, Mr. Burns said, he will conduct a paper screening with the board during executive session of the regularly scheduled monthly meeting on March 5 and the board will conduct interviews on March 18.

The identity of the candidates will not be made public until after the final candidates are interviewed by the BOCES board, Mr. Burns said.

Following approval by the BOCES board and other superintendents, Mr. Burns said New York State Education Department Commissioner John B. King Jr. will need to meet with and approve of the district’s choice before a candidate can be hired.

Maureen A. Bouchey, secretary to the St. Lawrence BOCES Superintendent, said to be a completed application form, the applicant must submit a current resume, placement credentials, including college transcripts, current letters of recommendation and copies of all state certifications.

According to the BOCES website, the responsibilities listed for the position require the candidate to serve both New York state, the education department and BOCES.

The BOCES superintendent is required to assist school districts with the implementation of State Education Law and complete special assignments within the supervisory district. As chief executive officer, the superintendent plans, administers and supervises area-wide instructional and support services for the 18 component public school districts. In addition, the superintendent assists the component districts in the recruitment of school superintendents.

According to BOCES’s website, the board is prepared to offer a salary range from $155,000 up to the cap as established by the State Education Department. The successful candidate will be offered a three-year contract and a comprehensive benefit package commensurate with state regulations.

Interested applicants can get an application at the BOCES website,, where a full job description is listed.

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