NYSSD super to retire

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A new superintendent is being sought for the New York State School for the Deaf (NYSSD) to succeed David Hubman, who is retiring effective March 27 after five-and-a-half years at the 401 Turin St. site and over 35 years in education overall.

The position, posted since October by the state Education Department, calls for “an experienced and dynamic educator with a demonstrated record of success in working with children with special needs.”

The job listing includes a salary range of $107,800 to $136,042 depending on experience. It has drawn nearly 20 applicants, and “a hiring decision will be made once a qualified and desired candidate is selected,” according to the Education Department on Thursday.

If a candidate is not immediately appointed after the position becomes open, the department said, interim managerial oversight of the school will be provided by Samuel Zimmerman, Director of Special Education Services at the state Education Department.

NYSSD includes pre-kindergarten to grade 12 students from various locations in the state. Its enrollment last September at the start of the 2018-19 school year was 57. The facility includes a multi-building complex on a 17-acre campus.

Among responsibilities for the superintendent position are on-site management for all five-day residential programs, school programs and operations; maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations and Education Department policies; leadership in developing and implementing standards-based curriculum and assessment; leading positive program changes to improve student achievement.

Hubman, after he retires, will work with SUNY Oswego in supervising student teachers and teaching a graduate class in educational leadership for SUNY Cortland. His goal “is to give back to the next generation of future teachers and future educational leaders.” He feels “it is important to give back to the profession” that has provided for his family for the past 35 years.

Hubman also is to be inducted in July as the District Governor of District 20-Y of Lions Clubs International. Lions Clubs International is considered the world’s largest service club organization, and has been an important part of Hubman’s life over the past 25 years. 

Prior to becoming NYSSD superintendent in 2013, Hubman was superintendent of the Adirondack Central School District from 2010 until August 2013. His prior positions have included K-12 principal at DeRuyter Central School; middle school principal of Oxford Academy and Central School; K-12 guidance counselor at Romulus Central School; sixth-grade teacher at Letchworth Central School.

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