New superintendent at NYSSD lauded for experience

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Joyce Long was approved last month by the state Board of Regents as the new superintendent of the New York State School for the Deaf at 401 Turin St.

She succeeds David Hubman, who retired effective March 27 after five-and-a-half years in the position.

Long “has a distinctive profile and breadth of experiences that make her highly qualified for the position of superintendent....,” said state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia in a document to the Board of Regents that recommended Long’s appointment. “Her experience includes both district and building leadership, as well as experience in a Special Act school with a residential program. She has been commended for her ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups; in particular, her work with parents....”

Elia noted that in Long’s most recent position in the Greater Amsterdam City School District, she participated in a Quality Improvement Planning team leading to an increased focus on provision of programs and services for students with disabilities.

In that district, Long was Committee on Special Education Chairperson of the Secondary Committee. Prior to that, she was Director of Special Services for Peekskill City Schools. Her background also includes having been a junior/senior high school principal in Greenburgh Eleven Union Free School District in Dobbs Ferry; Director of Pupil Personnel Services for Onteora Central School District in Boiceville; and Director of Education at Kaplan School in New Windsor.

Long has over 20 years’ experience in special education including “a strong focus on collaborative decision making,” Eilia added. “She has demonstrated impressive management of curriculum review and implementation, use of data to support instructional and accreditation processes, and residential program development. She also has an extensive knowledge of budgets and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act reporting requirements which will make her a strong asset” to the Education Department.

New York State School for the Deaf includes pre-kindergarten to grade 12 students from various locations in the state. Its enrollment at the start of the 2018-19 school year was 57.

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