New Deputy Commissioner Appointed

The Board of Regents met in Albany on July 9. At the full board meeting they unanimously acted to approve the appointment of Dr. Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. to the position of deputy commissioner, to assume the responsibilities formerly assigned to Ken Slentz. For the past 12 years, Dr. Tangorra been employed as the school superintendent of the Central Valley School District which is located in Ilion, New York.  Earlier in his education career he was a school principal and a special education teacher.   Also at the Board of Regents meeting, board members unanimously approved a consent item for “Postponement of the Use of a Value-Added Model for the State-Provided Growth Scores for Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR) Until, at the Earliest, the 2015-2016 School Year for Classroom Teachers in Grades 4-8 and Their Building Principals and High School Principals.”   We hope that you will find this information helpful. We will continue to keep you updated. All the best. …Jim Viola