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District Superintendent Services


The District Superintendent serves as the field representative for the Commissioner of Education and as the Executive Director of the BOCES.  As the Commissioner's representative, the District Superintendent acts as a consultant for individual districts and as a liaison between districts and the State Education Department.  As the BOCES Executive Director, the District Superintendent is responsible to the Board of Education, which represents the component districts.  The District Superintendent offers several special services related to these dual responsibilities, working to secure that component districts are provided with educational leadership in the matters of law, policy and practice. 
  • As a consultant to individual districts;
  • As a liaison between component districts and the State Education Department; and,
  • Upon request, will serve as a consultant for component districts in the search process of selecting a new Superintendent of Schools.

The aforementioned services are performed at no additional costs to component districts, beyond BOCES administrative charges, except costs incidental to the recruitment and election process.


The District superintendent stands ready to consult with local Boards of Education on a variety of educational issues, including board-administration relationships, school reorganization, school boundaries, facilitation of non-BOCES and BOCES shared services, and school management and planning.  The District Superintendent is available to design and/or conduct studies of educational or management practices in individual districts as requested by local Board of Education.  

The District Superintendent facilitates communication between districts and the State Education Department.  This activity includes the interpretation and clarification of statewide initiatives, Commissioner's regulations, and Regents rules.  An important element of this role includes serving on the Joint Management Team for the Mid-Hudson Region.  This effort is intended to bring the resources of the districts in a four-county area into sharper focus for the improvement of student educational performance.  

Superintendent Search  

The District Superintendent is available to assist local Boards of Education in the recruitment and selection of Superintendents of Schools.  Costs for this service, with the exception of advertising and printing expenses, are included in local district administrative charges.    

Testing Integrity Officer  
In March, 2012, the Commissioner of Education created a new Test Security and Educator Integrity Unit. The Test Security Unit (TSU) is dedicated to the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of security breaches in the administration of New York State Assessments.  The TSU works to deter New York State educators, and all others involved in the administration of New York State Assessments, from compromising the security and validity of those tests by fraudulent or improper means. The District Superintendent acts as the official "Integrity Officer" to coordinate and conduct local test integrity investigations.    


Robert M. Dufour Ed.D., 
District Superintendent & CEO 
Phone (845) 295-4015