New Superintendent Broome-Tioga BOCES at work

The new leader of Broome Tioga BOCES settles down. New District Superintendent Rebecca Stone gets to know the staff this week after being named to the role by the BOCES School Board in a unanimous vote last Thursday July 7th.

Stone previously served as Superintendent of Schools for the Marathon District for more than ten years.

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The educator has two decades of experience under her belt. Stone was a math and science teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was an elementary school principal in the South Jefferson School District.

There are 15 local school districts in the Broome Tioga BOCES system.

New York State’s 37 BOCES systems work with local school districts and the New York State Department of Education.

There have been staffing issues in school districts, not just in New York State, but across the country for several years. The issue of recruiting and retaining educators has been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic when many teachers have moved away from the profession as learning shifted to online and distance technologies.

Many Southern Tier school districts are struggling to fill full-time and substitute teaching positions and New York State has taken steps to make it more attractive for retired teachers to return to teaching positions at part-time and substitutes. Retired state employees are prohibited from accepting other state jobs that pay more than a certain cap in order to prevent double deductions or civilian workers from receiving a regular salary while receiving their full pension benefits.

Stone says the staffing issue is one of the biggest challenges she sees facing local school districts, along with ongoing COVID protocols and precautions as new variants of the coronavirus continue to emerge. .

School starts on September 8.

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