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Newark CSD leader named finalist for OCM BOCES superintendent position

The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Educational Services, or OCM BOCES, announced on Wednesday that Matthew Cook, the superintendent from the Newark Central School District, as well as Christopher DiFulvio, from the OCM BOCES system were finalists for the district superintendent role.

Following an extensive advertising period the Board interviewed what they called a strong group of candidates on August 5th.

The two finalists were chosen, and will continue through the process.

Matthew L. Cook, Ed.D., has worked as the superintendent of the Newark Central School District since 2013. Prior to this role, he worked from 2012-2013 as director of human resources for the Wayne Central School District and from 2000-2012 in several positions in the Lyons Central School District. In Lyons, his positions included middle school substance abuse and school safety coordinator; school social worker; administrative intern; and, during his last five years in the district, director of educational services and special programs. Prior to Lyons, he worked as director of programming from 1994-2000 for the Council of Alcoholism and other Chemical Dependencies of the Finger Lakes in Geneva. He started his career as a residential youth counselor in Rochester in 1989-1990 and as an alcohol/drug education coordinator in Lyons from 1990-1994. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Geneseo; a master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University; an advanced certificate in school district leadership from the University of Rochester; and a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Rochester.

Christopher J. DiFulvio has worked at OCM BOCES since 2015. He started his career at OCM BOCES as a Career & Technical Education principal in Cortlandville, then served as director of Innovative Education before becoming the assistant superintendent for Instructional Support Services in 2018. Prior to his work at OCM BOCES, he worked from 2011-2015 in the Homer Central School District as an eighth-grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, lead teacher, and instructional coach. Prior to Homer, he worked from 2009-2011 as an ELA teacher and administrative intern at Middlesex County Public Schools in Saluda, Va. He launched his educational career in 2008-2009 as a seventh-grade writing and reading teacher in Lake Havasu, Ariz. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in adolescent education from SUNY Oneonta; a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Scranton; and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) from Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

OCM BOCES is an educational agency that provides shared programs and services for 23 component districts and approximately 53,000 students in Central New York. It is also home to the Central New York Regional Information Center. Component districts include Baldwinsville, Cazenovia, Chittenango, Cincinnatus, Cortland, DeRuyter, East Syracuse Minoa, Fabius-Pompey, Fayetteville-Manlius, Homer, Jamesville-DeWitt, LaFayette, Liverpool, Lyncourt, Marathon, Marcellus, McGraw, North Syracuse, Onondaga, Solvay, Tully, Westhill and West Genesee.