NYSSD superintendent resigns post

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ROME — New York State School for the Deaf Superintendent Joyce Long has officially resigned from her position at the Turin Street school, effective Feb. 16.

According to the State Education Department, Long submitted her official resignation on that date, and Kara Shore, assistant superintendent, has been serving as interim superintendent of the school since August. Following a vote during a recent meeting of the Board of Regents, Shore will remain in that capacity until further notice.

“We anticipate the position will be posted in the coming weeks and a search will be undertaken at that time,” said State Ed Spokeswoman Jeanne Beattie.

As for reasons to why Long submitted her resignation, Beattie said, “NYSED does not comment on personnel matters.”

Long was placed on administrative leave in August.

According to State Ed, Interim Superintendent Shore will be responsible to perform the duties of the superintendent which includes on-site management for the five-day residential program, school program and campus operations, and must lead the communication, facilitation and implementation of P-12 priorities.

The interim superintendent is also responsible for achieving and maintaining compliance with federal and state regulations; State Education Department policies, both fiscal and programmatic; assuming a leadership role in developing and implementing curriculum and assessment based on learning standards established for all students; and promoting positive program changes to improve student outcomes and foster attainment of post-secondary goals.

Shore’s background as a special education teacher and administrative experience “make her highly qualified for the position of interim superintendent at the New York State School for the Deaf,” State Ed officials said in a statement. “Shore was a principal in the Oswego City School District’s Leighton Elementary School from 2016-19. She was hired to be the assistant superintendent at the New York State School for the Deaf in 2019 and was serving in this capacity when selected to be the acting superintendent in August 2021.”

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