Center for Special Services Staff Attend Superintendent's Conference Days

Leadership, Teamwork and Pride Are This Year's CSS Themes

At the Superintendent Conference Days Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, members of the Southern Westchester BOCES administration emphasized the importance of continuing to live the organization’s mission, vision, values and goals. Those include providing services and supports school districts are not able to provide, and being seen as competent, responsive and collaborative leaders in the field.

Aug. 31 was the start of the new school year for staff at Pocantico Elementary School, Farragut Middle School and Irvington High School. The remaining Center for Special Services staff, as well as Center for Career Services and Adult & Community Services employees, attended the second Superintendent Conference Day in Harrison on Sept. 5.

“I believe that we’re on a path where we can become the premier BOCES in the state. I see the changes already,” SWBOCES Deputy Superintendent Jacqueline O’Donnell told staff members at the first conference day.

At the second session, she said she wants staff members to feel connected to the organization. “I want you to tell people that you work for SWBOCES and feel proud of that,” she said.

Other administrators who addressed teachers and aides encouraged them to focus on leadership and teamwork this year.

“You are all leaders in the work that you do,” Assistant Superintendent James Gratto said.

Director of Special Services Lisa Shuchman told teachers that they “are not individuals” in school. “You are a team.”