At its meeting on September 23, the Niskayuna Board of Education unanimously
appointed Carrie Nyc-Chevrier as the district's director of business and
finance, replacing Assistant Superintendent for Business Matt Bourgeois, who is
leaving for a position in Orange County. Nyc-Chevrier is currently the business
office administrator for Questar III BOCES, and she brings to Niskayuna a
thorough knowledge of school finance reporting and budget development.
Also at the meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Michael J. Dutkowsky as the interim director of student and staff support services, a position created as part of the organizational restructuring being implemented by Interim Superintendent John Yagielski. The overall goals of the restructuring plan are to provide clear direction and solid support to all staff, unify the district behind the singular goal of student learning, and to strengthen leadership in the area of student services.
The title change for the district's lead business official is also part of the restructuring plan. In her role, Nyc-Chevrier will oversee all aspects of school budget development, business office operations, and financial reporting, as well as central services such as transportation and operations and maintenance.
Prior to joining Quester III BOCES, Nyc-Chevrier was the business administrator in the New Lebanon Central School District, which includes portions of Rensselaer and Columbia counties, for five years. While there, she oversaw the business office and many aspects of daily school operations, as well as budget development. Nyc-Chevrier has worked in SUNY System Administration, and has private sector experience with the New England Advisory Group and the Industrial Bank of Japan.
She has a master's degree in Business Administration and an Advanced Graduate Certificate for School District Business Leader from the University at Albany.
The interview process for the position included meeting with three separate interview teams - instructional leaders, central services, and district office staff - and a final interview with the Board of Education.
"Carrie has thorough knowledge of all facets of school district financial operations, with expertise in fund accounting and budget development," Yagielski said. "We are pleased to welcome her to Niskayuna. Based on the interview process, she combines the experience, vision, collegiality, and leadership skills that will make her a key member of the team that will lead our district forward."
The salary for the new position is $119,500. Nyc-Chevrier will begin with the district on October 14, 2014.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to come to Niskayuna and be part of a school community that values education and provides high quality opportunities for each student," Nyc-Chevrier said. "I look forward to working with administrators, the Board of Education, faculty and staff, students and community members to help continue the district's tradition of excellence."
The new Director of Student and Staff Support Services position is designed
to strengthen support and bring cohesion to a variety of student service areas.
This position will be responsible for student placements; critical services such
as counseling, psychologists, social workers, student and staff health and
safety, support for English language learners, and speech; and student
activities and athletics. The director of student and staff support services
will also oversee human resources.
Dr. Michael J. Dutkowsky, a retired assistant superintendent for human resources with the Shenendehowa Central School District, will fill this position in an interim role. The purpose of the interim appointment is to have an experienced administrator begin to implement the key changes inherent in this position with the least disruption of ongoing district operations. This will also allow a reasonable period of time to conduct the search for the permanent person to fill the position, which is expected to be by January 2015.
Dr. Dutkowsky has a juris doctor from Albany Law School in addition to a doctoral degree in education. He has extensive experience in public education including teaching mathematics, curriculum coordination, as a high school principal and superintendent of schools.
Dutkowsky will begin with the district on October 7.
At the September 23 meeting, the Board of Education took formal action associated with the restructuring plan to abolish the assistant superintendent for business position and create the two new district level director positions. The organizational restructuring will be cost neutral.
As part of the process, the district's instructional leadership team is continuing to work on refining the roles of principals and directors within the new structure. This effort is designed to ensure that the balance of instructional leadership across all schools is improved and the support for classroom teachers at all levels is strengthened.