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BOCES welcomes Joe Dragone as new Senior Executive Officer

August 22, 2017

Joe DragoneOn Monday, August 21 the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education Unanimously voted to appoint Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D. as the Senior Executive Officer of Capital Region BOCES. He will officially begin his new post on October 30, 2017.

The selection resulted from a statewide search and interviews conducted by the board, as well as stakeholder groups made up of representatives from component districts, and BOCES teachers, staff, and administrators.

Dragone comes to BOCES from the Ballston Spa Central School District, where he has served as superintendent for the past nine years. The Ballston Spa Central School District serves approximately 4,300 students from Pre-K through 12th grade. Since 2010, Ballston Spa Schools have received "America's Best High Schools" status via Newsweek Magazine or US News and World Report, national ranking by The Washington Post, America's Most Challenging High Schools recognition, PTA Schools of Excellence and National No Place for Hate Schools Awards.

Dragone has extensive experience in both urban and suburban school district leadership. Prior to his time in Ballston Spa he served as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education for the Albany City Schools and as Middle School Principal in the Cohoes City School District. (Read Dragone's full bio here)

“I am very excited to have Joe join us. Our strengths are complementary and he brings a totally different skill set to the team,” said District Superintendent Anita Murphy. “I know that Joe and I will work well together, and with the BOCES team, to move the region forward and serve the students, superintendents and districts in our BOCES and the greater NERIC service area.”

“Dr. Dragone has a clear vision on how our BOCES can assist to better prepare all students for the future workforce,” said Capital Region BOCES Board of Education President Lynne Lenhardt. “Our new leadership team will collaborate to best serve our component districts and all of the students that they represent.“

“I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to join the BOCES team in their work supporting the students and districts of the Capital Region,” said Dragone. “This organization serves more than 80,000 students, and the opportunity to work on innovative and creative programs that will serve students and districts across the region is really exciting. I can’t wait to get started.”

Dragone and the board have agreed to a 3-year contract with a salary of $188,000.

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