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Stephen Todd selected as BOCES superintendent for Watertown area


WATERTOWN — Stephen J. Todd has been selected as the next district superintendent of the Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

“I’m very pleased and humbled to be selected by the board,” Mr. Todd said.

Mr. Todd said over the course of the summer he plans to go on a “listening tour” across the districts represented by BOCES.

“My number one priority will be to get to know people within the districts,” he said. “I want to be out on the road.”

The BOCES Board made the announcement Wednesday night.

Mr. Todd is the assistant superintendent of instruction for the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, a position he has held since 2010. He formerly served as principal for Watertown High School for two years and the assistant principal for Watertown High School for five years. Mr. Todd began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Watertown High School and Case Middle School.

Mr. Todd was chosen after going through a series of meetings with individual stakeholder groups consisting of noninstructional and instructional staff members, administrative members, and board of education members. He was selected following a interview with state Education Department Commissioner John B. King.

Mr. Todd was selected from a pool of 15 candidates who applied for the position. Mr. Todd, along with fellow finalist, Sackets Harbor Superintendent Frederick C. Hall, met with Mr. King last month.

BOCES Board of Education member Jeffrey Timmerman said both candidates were deemed acceptable candidates by Mr. King and the decision was made after several board discussions.

“It was a hard decision, ultimately we decided Mr. Todd was the right choice,” Mr. Timmerman said.

BOCES Board of Education member Peter Monaco said it was a close race and it’s “too bad there weren’t two positions available.”

Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent Jack J. Boak will retire July 3. Mr. Boak worked for BOCES for 31 years and worked 44 years in education.

The BOCES superintendent is required to assist school districts as they implement state education laws and complete special assignments within the supervisory district.

As chief executive officer, the superintendent plans, administers and supervises instructional and support services for 18 public school districts.

The superintendent also assists the districts in recruiting school superintendents.

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