The New York State Education Department has appointed Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy to serve as the Interim District Superintendent of HFM BOCES following the retirement of Dr. Patrick Michel.
Dr. Michel announced last month he would be retiring as district superintendent this summer. His last day at BOCES was Aug. 10.
Ms. Murphy began work as the District Superintendent for Capital Region BOCES in July 2017. Prior to BOCES, she was the Superintendent of the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District in Oswego County, the Deputy Superintendent in both the Rochester and Syracuse City School districts and the Director of Instruction for Albany City Schools. She also worked for the New York State Education Department as the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum, Instruction and Field Services during Race to the Top. Anita began her career in the Binghamton City School District where she was a teacher and the Director of Instructional Data.
When a District Superintendent vacancy occurs in a BOCES, by law, the state appoints a sitting District Superintendent from a contiguous BOCES to serve as the Interim District Superintendent.
According to state Education Law, when a BOCES District Superintendent retires, a review of the BOCES must be conducted before the state can approve a search for a new District Superintendent. Part of this process includes collecting input from all of the component districts and contiguous BOCES. If the state decides during this process not to make any changes to the BOCES, then another BOCES District Superintendent will be authorized at that time to work with the HFM BOCES Board of Education to conduct a search for the new HFM District Superintendent. The HFM Board of Education will be responsible for selecting the new District Superintendent subject to state approval by the Commissioner of Education.