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Sept. 27, 2011

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Dr. Thomas Douglas

Dr. Thomas Douglas appointed Bethlehem Central School District Superintendent of Schools

New superintendent to assume post Jan. 1, 2012

After a national search process that included substantial community input, the Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education has selected Dr. Thomas Douglas to lead the district into the future as its superintendent.
The unanimous appointment was made on Sept. 27 at a special meeting of the Board of Education. Dr. Douglas will start with the district on Jan. 1, 2012.

Dr. Douglas is a veteran educator who has been superintendent of the Chenango Valley Central School District in Binghamton since 2009.

"The Board of Education is very excited that Dr. Douglas will be joining us in January," said Board of Education President Diane Giacone Stever. "His experiences as an educator and administrator impressed our board and the community stakeholder groups involved in the search, and we are looking forward to working with him for many years to come."

"Becoming a superintendent of a district like Bethlehem Central is really a dream," said Dr. Douglas. "Bethlehem's reputation precedes itself - from its academic successes to its community connectedness. I look forward to beginning my work with the staff and community." 

In March, BC's current Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Tebbano announced he would be retiring at the end of 2011. The Board of Education then appointed consultants from Capital Region BOCES to guide a comprehensive search process.

The Board received more than 40 applications for the position from around New York and across the country, and conducted first round interviews with 11 candidates. Of those, it selected three candidates to advance to interviews in late July and early August with district stakeholder groups representing a broad cross section of the district.

Through the stakeholder groups, which represented parents, community members at large, students, teachers, support staff and administrators, more than 60 individuals from the BC community were directly involved in the process. Their feedback from the summer interviews was valuable in the Board's final deliberations.

"Because choosing the right person to lead our district is one of the most important jobs the Board of Education has, it's not one that we would undertake without the community's input. We have found that person, and we greatly appreciate the community's participation in the process," Stever said.

Dr. Douglas graduated from Oswego High School in central New York, and holds a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degree in Technology Education from the SUNY Oswego in 1988 and 1991 respectively. He completed his Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration/Supervision and School District Administration in 1995 from SUNY Brockport. In 2007, he earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of Rochester in Educational Leadership and Decision-making.

He has worked as an educator throughout New York State, including nine years as a principal in the Central Square Central School District north of Syracuse, and as a building-level administrator in the Geneva City School District. In Geneva, he served as the middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal and regional summer school principal.

Dr. Douglas began his career as a technology education/industrial arts teacher in the Victor and Penfield Central School District in Rochester.

Dr. Douglas and his wife, Lorian, have a son named Carter.

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