BOCES Board Chooses Next Superintendent

Christopher Todd.
Christopher Todd.

Christopher Todd is on track to become the next Superintendent of Oswego County BOCES.

BOCES’ Board of Education voted Monday night to approve the hiring of Todd to replace retired Superintendent Dr. Joseph Camerino, according to board member Matt Geitner, who delivered the news to the Fulton City School District Board of Education at the end of its meeting Monday night.

Geitner is Fulton’s representative on the BOCES board.

Todd is the Superintendent of Schools for the Oakfield-Alabama school district in Western New York, between Rochester and Buffalo.  It’s a small, rural school of about 920 students, 109 professional staff members, and with a budget of about $17 million.

He was one of two finalists submitted by the BOCES board to the state Education Commissioner for approval.  Because the state pays a large portion of the BOCES Superintendent’s salary and because the superintendent acts as the Commissioner’s representative, the Commissioner gets to approve or veto choices for BOCES superintendents.

Geitner said that the Commissioner approved Todd’s nomination but did not approve the nomination of the other candidate, current Assistant Superintendent Mark LaFountain.

“There was a lengthy and healthy discussion about the two finalists and the Commissioner’s decision contributed to the board coalescing around Mr. Todd,” said Geitner after the meeting. “Both finalists had strengths and I personally look forward to them working together for the students of the county. We should have a strong team going forward.”

Todd has led Oakfield-Alabama since 2007.  It was his first superintendent’s position.  Before that, he was principal of Lisbon Middle and High School and of Franklin-Hamilton-Essex BOCES.  He began his career as a fine arts teacher and soccer and track coach in the Norwood-Norfolk and Fort Plain school districts.

He has two Master’s Degrees, from SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University.

Geitner said Todd’s hiring is contingent on the successful negotiation of a contract.  He believes Todd won’t be able to begin work until at least June 1.