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Herkimer BOCES District Superintendent
Mark Vivacqua announces retirement

Vivacqua to retire effective Aug. 31, continue part-time to aid transition
July 8, 2016


HERKIMER – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua on Thursday announced his retirement effective Aug. 31.

The Herkimer BOCES Board of Education accepted Vivacqua’s resignation during a board meeting Thursday night. The board also intends to later employ Vivacqua on a part-time, short-term basis to help with the transition, board President Daniel LaLonde said.

“Dr. Vivacqua has been an integral part of the HFHO BOCES moving forward in the area of educational opportunities for students and instituting support services for local school districts,” LaLonde said. “Mark has established himself as a leader in the education field locally and across the state. His knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed.”

Vivacqua, who was born and raised in Frankfort and now lives in Utica, has served as the Herkimer BOCES district superintendent since 2009, following six years as Herkimer BOCES deputy superintendent. He has worked in the Mohawk Valley region for his entire 33-year education career including serving as West Canada Valley superintendent.

During his time as Herkimer BOCES district superintendent, Vivacqua oversaw increased sharing of services among BOCES and its component school districts, the establishment of the Pathways Academy at Remington for local students trying to get back on the right educational track and initiatives to prepare students for local job opportunities through efforts such as launching the Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School and starting the Herkimer BOCES School To Careers program.

A BOCES district superintendent serves a dual role as both the chief operating officer of the BOCES and a governance position with the New York State Education Department as district superintendent of the sole supervisory district, which covers the region of all the component school districts.

The Board of Education plans to vote later this summer to employ Vivacqua on a part-time, short-term basis, so he can continue to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of a BOCES chief operating officer while assisting with the transition.

By law, state Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will appoint a sitting district superintendent from another BOCES as the interim district superintendent to handle the state governance responsibilities during the transition.

According to state Education Law Section 2201, when a BOCES district superintendent retires, a survey is conducted on the future of the BOCES with input from all of the component school districts and contiguous BOCES.

The Herkimer BOCES component school districts are Central Valley, Dolgeville, Frankfort-Schuyler, Herkimer, Little Falls, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, Poland, Richfield Springs and West Canada Valley.

The survey asks the component districts and contiguous BOCES whether the BOCES should remain as is, transfer in school districts from a contiguous BOCES, transfer out school districts to a contiguous BOCES or merge with a contiguous BOCES. The survey is sent to superintendents and discussed with school boards before the districts and BOCES submit their responses to the survey.

During this time, the state Education Department also collects data relating to the viability of the BOCES, including enrollment trends, breadth of programs and services and costs.

Following the survey, if changes are recommended, the state would engage a consultant to conduct a study to look more in depth into the proposed changes, and that study would have to be completed within four months of the vacancy.

 If the survey results for Herkimer BOCES suggest no changes or if a study is requested that finds there shouldn’t be changes, then another BOCES district superintendent will be authorized at that time to conduct a search for the new Herkimer BOCES district superintendent.


 
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