BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Joseph Dargone Wednesday for the end of October when he will assume his new position with Capital Region BOCES.
Dragone opened the first board meeting of the 2017-18 school year saying, “I just want to thank everyone for a great start to the school year. Thank you to the staff from head to toe for two fabulous days so far.”
According to Dragone, his last first day of school went just as it had since he began with the district in 2008. “We had a great, great start to the school year. Staff have been fabulous, it was great to see all of the kids back. Everybody was very excited and it’s going really smooth,” he said.
As the school board made its way through the evening’s agenda, BSCSD Board of Education President Kevin Schaefer said, “There is a resignation on one of these resolutions that I would prefer not to accept….”
The other board members murmured their agreement before accepting Dragone’s Oct. 30 resignation when he will begin his new role as senior executive officer at the Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educations Services, which provides educational and administrative services to 23 school districts in Saratoga, Albany, Schenectady and Schoharie counties.
Between now and then Dragone will help prepare the district and the district’s selection for interim superintendent, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Professional Development Denise Jones, for his departure.
“We’ve been working on it for some time with the board,” Dragone said. “We already set our district goals, we do that every August. It’s really making sure that we have everything in place to have a successful year, which we are already well on track for.”
The Board of Education has retained the services Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES to conduct the search for a permanent superintendent. The school board will meet with BOCES Superintendent James Dexter to begin the search process that will take place throughout the current school year later this month. The board anticipates having the new superintendent in place for start of the 2018-19 school year.
Following Wednesday’s board meeting Schaefer said that the board wishes Dragone well, but he will be missed.
“Joe has been a huge advocate for the district in the nine years that he has been here. I think he has put an amazing amount of new programs in place, he’s built up some fantastic relationships for the district. Those are things that are going to be very difficult to replace, if they can be replaced,” Schaefer said.
Some of Dragone’s accomplishments with the school district include implementation of the Clean Technologies Early College High School, the International Baccalaureate Program, artist-in-residency programs, school based mental health clinics, robotics programs and the construction of Gordon Creek Elementary School.
“The district is in great hands, it’s a great Board of Education, Denise will do a great job, it’s a great team, it’s a great staff, so there is every confidence that the work will continue providing tremendous opportunities for kids,” Dragone said.