Board of Education Approves a Contract Extension for Superintendent Contreras

     Published on 12/29/15   Tagged under:    District News   

The Syracuse City School District Board of Education has approved a one-year contract extension for Superintendent Sharon Contreras.  With the one year extension the Superintendent’s contract now runs through June 30, 2017.
“Superintendent Contreras has been instrumental in bringing about positive and much needed change to the district in an ongoing effort to improve academic outcomes and the quality of life for our students,” said Board of Education President Michelle Mignano.  “Stability is important to the organization and this one-year extension allows the new members of the Board of Education a full year to work with and evaluate her,” added Mignano.
During her tenure Superintendent Contreras has expanded the district’s Career and Technical Education offerings to 19 including the opening of the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler.  In addition, the Syracuse Latin School and Delaware Primary have opened under her leadership with a new Montessori School being planned for the 16-17 school year.  High school graduation rates have increased while the drop-out rate has steadily decreased. 
The district has worked cooperatively with both the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County to expand wraparound services in schools for children including health clinics, mental health services, expansion of the promise zone and legal services for families.  Universal free breakfast and lunch is now available for 100% of the students in the district as well.  Working cooperatively with the Syracuse Teachers Association, a historic contract was negotiated making Syracuse’s teachers among the highest paid in the County.