Aspiring Superintendents Workshop Series (online)

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Aspiring Superintendents Workshop Series (online)


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Seven 2-hour sessions, on non-consecutive days, via ZOOM with video

At some point in their career many administrators consider the Superintendent of Schools position as a goal and capstone to their career. In pursuit of that goal they seek to understand the position and its responsibilities . This understanding may be just prior to applying for a superintendency or as a prelude to commitment to one of the year-long programs available in New York State (NYSCOSS or NYSSDP). This Aspiring Superintendents Webinar Series is an opportunity to explore the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the superintendency as understood by an outstanding faculty of highly experienced superintendents. All faculty have years of experience in the superintendency as well as career-long study of the superintendency, mentoring of many aspiring superintendents and counseling new superintendents.

This webinar series is open to any school district administrators interested in the superintendency.


Orientation to the Superintendency in NYS with Dr. Terry Dougherty
[with guest First Year Superintendent]
Two, 2-hour sessions

Legal and Ethical Foundations of the Superintendency with Dr. Sue Gray
Two, 2-hour sessions

Superintendent-Board Relations with Dr. Donna DeSiato
Two, 2-hour sessions

Superintendent Fiscal Leadership – Dr. Suzanne McLeod
One, 2-hour session


Terrance P. Dougherty, Ph.D., Superintendent, Hancock Central Schools
Terry Dougherty has been Superintendent of Schools of the Hancock Central School District, Hancock, New York since July 2002. Prior to Hancock he was High School Principal at Groton High School in Groton, New York. Dr. Dougherty has been very successful in moving the students of a small, rural school district to a high level of academic achievement. He has administered numerous changes in fiscal operations, facilities construction, labor relations, and technology. He enjoys strong community support. Terry was a member of the Syracuse University Football Team (full Scholarship) and played in the Sugar Bowl and Hall of Fame Bowl.

Susan Gray, Ph.D., Superintendent (Retired), Penfield Central Schools, Ethicist and Clinical Psychologist
Sue Gray is retired Superintendent of the Penfield Central Schools, 2000 to 2008. Prior to her Penfield leadership experience, she served for 10 years as a principal, assistant superintendent and Superintendent in the Hornell City School District and 14 years working as an administrator in the areas of special education and school psychology at the Steuben-Allegany BOCES. Dr. Gray is a certified school psychologist and licensed clinical psychologist. She was a professor at CCNY, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in child development, the psychology of learning and educational research, before moving into public education administration. Sue presents throughout NYS on topics including ethics in education, positive school culture, women in educational leadership, and emotional intelligence. Dr. Gray earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and French from the College of Wooster; her doctorate in Educational Psychology with a focus on educational research from Penn State University; her School Psychologist certification from Alfred University and her Educational Administration certification from St. Bonaventure University.

Donna DeSiato, Ed.D., Superintendent, East Syracuse Minoa Central Schools
Donna DeSiato, a respected leader in the field of public education, proudly serves as Superintendent of the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District. As Superintendent of ESM since 2005, the District has realized significant gains in student achievement, experienced a continual increase in the graduation rate and developed innovative educational models with business partnerships. Most recently ESM was recognized nationally by the College Board on their 2011 AP Achievement list, by Newsweek for their Best 2000 High Schools in the nation and in 2013 was awarded the “Be the Change for Kids Innovation Award” by the Nanoscale College of Science and Engineering and New York State School Board Association. Dr. DeSiato was recognized in 2013 as Education Leader of the Year by Partners for Education & Business. She is highly regarded in education and in the business community for her expertise and leadership in 21st century learning and preparing graduates for our global society.

Suzanne McLeod, Ed.D., Superintendent (Retired), Union Endicott Central Schools, Assistant Professor
Sue has over 25 years of school administrative experience – eleven years as superintendent of schools in Union Endicott Central Schools, following 3 years as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Elementary Education, and 15 years as building leader at the elementary and secondary levels and curriculum leader. Dr. McLeod teaches the three-day on-site Fiscal Navigation for Superintendents workshop. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership Program at SUNY Binghamton. At Binghamton she coordinates the Educational Leadership program. Dr. McLeod presents throughout the New York state on a range of leadership topics, including long range fiscal planning, women and finance, and women and negotiations.

James M. Merrins, Ed.D., Superintendent (Retired), Fredonia Central Schools and Honeoye Central Schools
Dr. Jim Merrins is Executive Program Administrator of Educational Support Services. Jim has more than 40 years experience in school administration, including 16 years as a Superintendent in Fredonia and Honeoye, New York. He administered the state-wide Superintendent Development Program from 1998 to 2008, and currently administers the Transition to Superintendency Program (2007 – present). Jim hosts and administers numerous statewide webinars and workshops for superintendents and experienced school administrators, including Fiscal Navigation for Superintendents, and the Successfully Changing Administrative Positions webinar. Dr. Merrins is NYS certified as a School District Administrator and School Business Administrator. Dr. Merrins taught school finance and school law at SUNY colleges for several years.

The cost of this webinar series is $395 (7 sessions).
Single, Two 2-hour topic is $195 (Orientation, Legal and Ethical, or Board)
Single, One 2-hour topic is $95 (Fiscal Leadership)

Participant will receive webinar-related materials.

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James M. Merrins, Ed.D., Executive Program Administrator

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