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Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Superintendent to Retire

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Dr. James Langlois 
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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Dr. James Langlois, superintendent of Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, has announced his intention to retire at the end of this school year, concluding more than 50 years in public education.

Langlois, who was named the 2015 New York State School Superintendent of the Year, has served as BOCES Superintendent for 11 years and served the previous eight years as superintendent in Goshen. Before that, he was an assistant superintendent on Long Island and worked in a number of leadership positions in the public schools of Manhattan and the Bronx. He began his career in public education as a high school English teacher in Connecticut.

Langlois has served as president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. He has also served on the council's Executive Committee, its House of Delegates, Commissioner’s Advisory Council, on many of its committees, and is a co-author of its recent vision statement, Public Education Matters.

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He served for seven years on the national governing board of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the council's national affiliate, and for several years on the national Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) Executive Committee.

Langlois holds two master's degrees and a doctorate in educational communication from Columbia University Teachers College. He has taught graduate educational leadership courses at Fordham University and SUNY New Paltz. He is the author of several nationwide evaluations of federally funded career and technical and special education initiatives and has presented at many national and regional conferences.

“During Jim’s tenure, PNW BOCES has advanced in many areas with excellent hiring practices, program growth, budget efficiencies and excellent student performance,” said Board of Education President Richard Kreps. “Programs continue to excel under Jim’s leadership and he will be missed.”

Kreps said succession planning was underway. As a BOCES, the agency must receive approval from the state Education Department to fill the position. That approval is based on a consensus of the 18 component districts that this BOCES continues to fill a need. Once the agency receives the green light, Kreps said the board will begin getting input from staff and component districts on the qualities and characteristics they would like to see in a new superintendent.

In his retirement, Langlois said, he was looking forward to having more time to read, write, garden and travel. Asked what he expected the greatest challenge in education to be in the near future, he said he suspected that it would be the same as it has been in the past: to respond thoughtfully to education reform while protecting those aspects of local school culture that serve students effectively in the classroom and prepare them for the constant changes of our new century.

Information in this article was provided by Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.

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