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O’Connor appointed as assistant superintendent for BOCES

September 12, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

ANGOLA - The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Board of Education has announced the appointment of John O'Connor, superintendent of the Forestville Central School District, to the position of assistant superintendent for management services.

The assistant superintendent plays a vital role within the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES supervisory district and assists all 27 component school districts in areas such as school operations, distance learning, library and media resources, technology integration and support, labor relations, teacher certification, business operations, cooperative bidding and safety and risk management. In this way, O'Connor's experience as a school superintendent will be of tremendous value to all schools in Chautauqua and southern Erie County.

"I look forward to working in collaboration with the BOCES staff and the 27 component school districts," O'Connor said. "I am also excited to become part of an organization that has a strong history of meeting the varied needs of our students."

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John O’Connor, superintendent of the Forestville Central School District, has been appointed to the position of assistant superintendent for management services.

Serving as superintendent of the Forestville Central School District for nine years, O'Connor has been responsible for the education of nearly 600 students and a staff of nearly 120. During this time, he paved the way for greater academic success through staff development and long-range instructional strategies, and he provided students with more academic opportunities through Distance Learning and Advanced Placement courses. A priority for O'Connor was empowering parents and the Forestville community to play a greater role in school operations and management, as well as fostering stronger parent-teacher relationships. While managing a budget of approximately $12 million, O'Connor kept costs down without sacrificing services by working closely with the community during the budget process, aggressively pursuing operational efficiencies and securing grants. O'Connor also oversaw the completion of an $11.7 million building project and a $600,000 energy performance project.

O'Connor will join the BOCES administrative team comprised of district superintendent Dr. David O'Rourke and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Suzette Benson.

"The Board of Education is pleased to welcome John to our BOCES family," Board of Education president Ronald Catalano said. "John, together with Dr. O'Rourke and Mrs. Benson, will make a superb administrative team going forward."

O'Connor's career began as a self-contained special education teacher and high school department chair at the Stanley G. Falk School. Because of his success in the classroom and strong leadership skills, he was soon promoted to the position of special education kindergarten through 8th grade principal. O'Connor later went on to serve as the elementary school principal and director of special education at Forestville Central School District before his appointment as superintendent of schools in 2004.

O'Connor received a Bachelor of Science in education business and finance at the University at Buffalo, a Master of Science in education at Buffalo State College, a School District Administration Certificate at Canisius College and is nearing the end of his doctoral studies at D'Youville College.

The assistant superintendent for management services is one of two assistant superintendent positions within the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, which provides more than 200 cooperative services to its 27 component school districts to enhance academic performance and achieve operational efficiencies. O'Connor will oversee the divisions of School Support Services, Technology Services, Labor Relations, Business and Finance, and Human Resources, as well as the Central Business Office, Operations and Maintenance and more.

O'Connor was unanimously appointed by the BOCES Board of Education on Wednesday, Aug. 22. O'Connor will begin his work at BOCES on Monday, Oct. 8.



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