Lynn M. Fusco, Ph. D.
Dr. Lynn M. Fusco is district superintendent of the First Supervisory District of Erie County and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services (Erie 1 BOCES). As district superintendent, Dr. Fusco is a field representative for the New York State Commissioner of Education to the region’s 19 component school districts as well as Buffalo Public Schools.
Dr. Fusco’s 39 year career has been dedicated to education, with approximately 25 of those years spent in a leadership role. Prior to joining Erie 1 BOCES, Dr. Fusco served as superintendent of Niagara Wheatfield Central School District and Alden Central School District. Before taking the helm at Alden, she worked for East Aurora Union Free School District as their director of curriculum, instruction and personnel.
Previously, Dr. Fusco was principal of Pembroke Intermediate School and a special education teacher for various districts. She continues to expand young minds by teaching a course for the University at Buffalo titled Leadership and Policy for Inclusion, which she developed.
Dr. Fusco, who earned her Doctorate in Education from University at Buffalo, attained her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Buffalo State College. She is active in a number of educational associations including, but not limited to, American Education Research Association and is a former president for both the Erie-Niagara School Superintendent Association and the Western New York Education Service Council.
The Role of a District Superintendent
A district superintendent is the chief executive officer of a BOCES and the general supervising officer of the supervisory district that comprises the BOCES. The district superintendent is responsible for both the BOCES and its component districts, and also performs duties assigned by the commissioner of education, serving as the State Education Department’s field representative in the supervisory district.
For no additional cost the district superintendent provides:
Liaison Services - Facilitates communications between New York State Education Department and local districts, as well as other public and private agencies.
Superintendent Search - Upon request, the district superintendent may assist component school districts in their selection process of a new school superintendent. The district superintendent at Erie 1 BOCES may serve as a consultant to recruitment, screening and evaluation of candidates.
Consultant - Drawing from various resources the district superintendent is available to consult with school districts on a variety of educational topics including:
• Board-Administration Relationships
• NYS Board of Regents Standards
• Interpret & Clarify SED Commissioner’s Regulations
• Management & Planning
• School Boundaries
• Reorganization & Mergers