Oswego City School Board Announces New Superintendent

The Board of Education of the Oswego City School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin Halsey as Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Halsey, a distinguished leader with more than 20 years of experience in education, will be appointed  at the special meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29.

Halsey brings to the Oswego City School District nine years of experience as the Superintendent of the North Collins Central School District. Prior to his role of superintendent at North Collins, Halsey’s tenure in education includes experience as a building principal, assistant principal, athletic director, and teacher.

The Oswego City School District Board of Education, on behalf of the community in which they serve, selected Halsey based on his demonstrated firsthand knowledge of the day to day operations of every department in a school district, including but not limited to finance, curriculum, and school law. In his role as superintendent at North Collins Halsey demonstrated the ability to make difficult decisions and stood for his convictions.

He also demonstrated tremendous visionary skills and possesses the skills necessary to carry those out, bringing others alongside. Additionally, he has some unique out of the box practices that the Oswego City School District Board of Education felt would bring the district and the community together through positive change.

Coupled with Mr. Halsey’s professional experience and demonstrated leadership abilities are resounding character virtues of integrity and humility. The virtues were echoed by Mr. Halsey’s professional references as well as from unsolicited sources and are qualities that the Board of Education believes the district will benefit greatly from.

The Board of Education said in a joint statement about the decision to appointment Mr. Halsey, “We look forward to his leadership, vision, and working with him for our community.” Mr. Halsey will assume the duties of the superintendent for the Oswego City School District on December 2.

Gary Mix is the current Interim Superintendent of School, assuming the responsibilities following the retirement of Bill Crist in June of 2013.