Leader out at NYSSD

Carriann Ray, who had been superintendent at the New York State School for the Deaf since 2005, is no longer in the position.

Ray is "no longer employed at SED (at the NYSSD)," state Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman said today by e-mail when asked about Ray’s employment status. Burman would not elaborate on the change, adding "we can’t talk about personnel issues." He had no immediate further information regarding when the change occurred, or whether a new or interim superintendent had been named for the school that is based at 401 Turin St.

Ray began at the school in July 2005 and was making an annual salary of $108,000, according to information from the state last November; she lives in the Camden area and was originally from Syracuse, the state said at the time. Representatives at NYSSD could not be reached for comment this morning.

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NYSSD, which operates within the state Education Department, as of last fall had 62 students ranging from pre-school age to 21 years old, plus about 108 staffers; the multi-building complex on 17 acres serves a geographic area roughly bordered by Syrauce to the west, Albany to the east, Canada to the north and Pennsylvania to the south. Enrollment had ranged from 90-110 in 2000-05 and peaked at nearly 280 in the mid-1970s as an effect of the rubella epidemic in the mid-1960s.

The school’s current enrollment has been considered under capacity. The Rome school district earlier this year inquired about using space there to host a grade of district students for a year during a major upcoming renovation at Strough Middle School. Ray earlier this summer was in contact with Rome district officials regarding the request, which is still among possible options being studied by the Rome Board of Education.

Ray’s background, according to the state, includes a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, master’s degree in special education pre-K-21 and a Certificate of Advanced Studies for School District Administrator and School Administration Supervisor. She has been in education for 16 years, and spent four years as a house principal at Central Square Middle School, the state said in November.