Superintendent Jaime Alicea has dedicated his career to the Syracuse City School District, having worked his way up from a teaching assistant to Chief Operations Officer over the course of his 33-year career before being named Superintendent.
Mr. Alicea got his start in the SCSD as a teaching assistant at Seymour Elementary in 1983, soon becoming a teacher and going on to act as an Administrative Intern at Fowler High School. He has also acted as Vice Principal at Dr. King School and Principal at Seymour Elementary and Fowler High School.
His extensive experience in the SCSD also allowed him to serve as an Area Superintendent, where he was responsible for the overall support and supervision of 19 schools in the District. He notably established a Principals’ Advisory Committee, a parent advisory group, a Pre-K-12 articulation, monthly staff development for administrators and more. Going on to serve as Deputy Superintendent for Supervision and Instruction, Mr. Alicea supervised 38 schools in the District, including the Parent Partnership program, and was responsible for staffing schools and evaluating principals, among other responsibilities.
In his most recent capacity as Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Alicea was accountable for the supervision of the SCSD’s personnel, transportation, health services, food services, security, staff relations, risk management and facilities and operations departments. He successfully led the implementation of the Peer Assistance and Review program, facilitated a districtwide behavior committee and attendance committee, established a Minority Recruitment Committee, participated in the negotiations of ten collective bargaining agreements and revised numerous Board policies.
A member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Mr. Alicea also served on several local boards and committees, including the Onondaga County Public Library Strategic Planning Committee, SUNY Oswego Educational Administration Program Advisory Committee, Youth Leadership Greater Syracuse Founding Committee, New York State Education Department Assessment Committee. He currently serves on the Gifford Foundation Board of Directors and the Hope for Education Subcommittee. He has presented at the College Board National Forum and the New York Statewide Title I Conference and is a member of the Leadership Greater Syracuse Class of 1994.
Through his many years of dedicated service, Mr. Alicea has been recognized as the Latino Educator of the Year by ANCLA, the Latino Educator by Nosotros Radio and has received the NAACP Community Service Award, the YWCA Academy of Diversity Achievers Award and more. He was recently recognized by Syracuse University with the Chancellor’s Citation for Public Education as an advocate and leader.