The Position

The Board of Education of the Hancock Central School District announces a vacancy in the position of Pre-K–12 Principal. It is anticipated the new Principal will begin his/ her duties no later than August 1, 2017. This vacancy follows the upcoming departure of Brenton Taylor who has resigned to accept a position with the Unadilla Valley Central School District.

Desired Qualifications

Qualified candidates must hold or be eligible for New York State certification as a School District Administrator (SDA), School Building Leader (SBL), School District Leader (SDL) or Supervisor (SAS). It is expected that the new Principal will become an active and visible member of the school community.

The District has enjoyed an enviable record of consistent financial support for school programs and is interested in attracting a Principal with administrative experience and a proven record as a strong educational leader.

The successful candidate should have:

  • The ability to develop, lead and motivate the district staff and students to excellence.
  • A comprehensive curriculum development background, a history of integrating technology into classrooms and a progressive, yet  realistic, educational philosophy.
  • Excellent communication skills and a responsive approach to the Board, Superintendent, students, parents, staff, and community.
  • Excellent supervisory and staff evaluation skills.

For more information download the brochure.


The CASDA Executive Committee is seeking a highly qualified, experienced educational leader to fill the position of Executive Director.  The search process will be conducted over the next three months with the successful candidate being appointed by June 6, 2017 and taking office on or about September 1, 2017.  

The Executive Committee is being assisted in the selection process by Drs. William Silky, Suzanne Gilmour and Maureen Patterson of Castallo & Silky LLC (Syracuse, New York). The consultants will carry out the task of screening applicants and recommending to the Executive Committee a group of final candidates. 

The Executive Committee will make all decisions concerning the selection process, the evaluation of candidates and the final appointment. Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, resumé, application form, graduate transcripts and a placement folder.  The consultants will carry out the task of screening applicants and recommending to the Executive Committee a group of final candidates. 

The deadline for receipt of application materials is May 1, 2017.

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The Educational Leadership Institute @ NYS Association for Women in Administration is pleased to sponsor the

Women Administrators Professional Development Series

You’re Invited!

A Professional Development and Networking Opportunity
for Building and District Level Administrators and Aspiring Administrators  


Dates and Locations 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Salvatore’s Restaurant Williamsville, NY (Buffalo area)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Burgundy Basin     Pittsford, NY  (Rochester area)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Double Tree by Hilton     Syracuse, NY (Carrier Circle)    
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Holiday Inn Express       Latham, NY (Albany area) 


4:00 PM Registration 
4:15 PM

Breakout Sessions (topics may be subject to change)
- The Dynamics of Changing Administrative Positions
- Pathways to the Superintendency
- Strengthening Your Fiscal Background
- Understanding Search Consultants

5:00 PM Social - Cash Bar - Dinner 
6:30 PM Dr. Sue Gray 

"Women in Leadership: Reflections From a Longitudinal View"

After four decades of observing women administrators and leaders, some of the dynamics of being a woman in leadership have changed and some have not changed much.  Dr. Gray will explore what she thinks are the most salient dynamics and share experiences around those dynamics. 

$95 per person (includes dinner) 

Online Registration Information 
Detailed information and registration 

On my mind...

Two Women's Initiatives Underway

I am pleased to see that two powerful initiatives are underway in support of women in leadership. This is good for women leaders as well as those of us men in support of fairness and equity in educational employment.

On May 18th NYSCOSS is hosting a "Women's Initiative" in Saratoga Springs. The Women's Initiative will focus on supporting women educational leaders to inspire more women to seek leadership positions in education. This is an important effort and superintendents across NYS should encourage and support attendance at this day-long event. Information can be found on the website.

Also in May, NYSAWA (NYS Association for Women in Administration) will be hosting four professional development events, 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM in Buffalo - Rochester - Syracuse - Albany. These regional events are part of NYSAWA's 'Women Administrators Professional Development Series.' In addition to small group sessions and dinner, Dr. Sue Gray will give a presentation on “Women in Leadership: Reflections From a Longitudinal View.“ This regional series is part of NYSAWA's Women Administrators Professional Development Series.

JIm Merrins

To access the complete copy.... The Career Center Update # 17 – March 2017

On my mind...

Important School Construction Projects Workshop
Responding to requests, we are pleased to offer a full day workshop on school construction projects. There has been nothing of substance available for the last few years and school construction is an area generally not covered in administrative preparation courses.  A construction project is an important event in the life cycle of a school district. Unless you are in a large school district (city/suburban), a construction project is not a common event. A construction project has a huge impact on current and future school generations - space, quality, and dollar payment. When construction projects go wrong, it takes big $$$ to solve the problems. Inexperienced administrators underestimate the time and expertise it takes to administer a construction project. We will share our learning after our combined experience of 13 projects.

The Career Center continues to record a solid number of new job vacancies each week at the central office and building levels. For those of you registered on the statewide Career Center Job Vacancy Listings the new postings for August were: 4 new superintendent postings, 60 new central office postings, and 49 new building level postings.  If you want to know about jobs in New York State, we post them all.

JIm Merrins

To access the complete copy.... The Career Center Update # 16 – October 2016

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