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January 10, 2013

Cooperstown Central School to add director of student services

By Michelle Miller
Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Cooperstown Central School District is looking for a director of student services. 

It is a position created in response to the state’s new annual professional performance review, according to Superintendent C.J. Hebert. 

“We have certainly known for a long time, since our early movements toward implementation of the APPR, that the requirements of that were going to be unattainable for our principals and administrative staff here,” Hebert said.  

He said there are many more in depth teacher evaluations that need to be done.   

“It is going to be far more time consuming for the administrator performing them than in the past,” Hebert said. 

Some of the responsibilities, according to Hebert, are being responsible for electronic linkages between students and teachers that are required to be reported to the state and culminating growth scores for teachers and principals. 

It will be a full-time 12-month position. According to the job description, the primary responsibility of the director of student services will be to provide educational leadership and oversight in the development and improvement of the district’s curriculum, instructional and assessment programs. The director of student services will work in tandem with building principals and serves as the district’s chief information officer. The director will also act as a liaison to community cultural resources.

Although CCS is adding to its staff, there is a plan to mitigate costs. Hebert said the district will replace guidance counselor Jay Baldo. He has accepted employment at another school district, and with declining enrollment, Hebert said, the plan is to redistribute the student load among current staff.  

Hebert said he does not know exactly how much it will affect the budget, but said it will have a significant impact. 

“We certainly intend to maximize the potential of this individual,” Hebert said. “We intend that this individual will work with grade-level and department chairs for implementation of the Common Core state standards and for bolstering our curriculum development K-12 as well.” 

A New York State School District Administrator or School District Leader certification is required for the position. CCS will accept applications until Jan. 25.  

Ideally, Hebert said he would like to have someone selected to recommend to the members of the board of education at its February meeting with a start date to follow as closely as possible thereafter. 

Hebert said Baldo will begin work at New Hartford Central School on Jan. 14, so there will be some lag time.