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Thomas R. Burns
District Superintendent/Executive Officer

St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
Educational Services Center
P.O. Box 231 - 40 W. Main Street
Canton, NY 13617

Maureen Bouchey
Secretary to the District Superintendent
(315) 386-4504 Ext. 10150
Fax: (315) 386-2099

The District Superintendent: 
    • Serves as both the Chief Executive Officer of the BOCES and as District Superintendent, fulfilling responsibilities as regional representative of the New York State Commissioner of Education
    • Collaborates with the District Superintendents from the other 36 BOCES regions, the Commissioner of Education, the Board of Regents, and component school districts to be vigorous agents for reform, effectively advocating for educational excellence and equity on behalf of all learners in New York State
    • Provides leadership in the interpretation and implementation of New York State Education Law, the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education
    • Provides educational leadership in the implementation of the New York State Learning Standards, leading local school improvement, engaging the community to support improvement, and detecting, reporting, and resolving problems. Serves as liaison between the component districts and the State Education Department
    • Facilitates communication between the Department of Education and the 18 component superintendents from the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES District
    • Administers and supervises regional educational programs and support services at the request of component school districts
    • Consults with component school districts on a variety of educational issues, calling upon the resources of the State Education Department and its professional staff
    • Oversees the use of BOCES resources to support local reform efforts and to ensure the BOCES is a model of high quality and cost effectiveness

Darin Saiff
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction


St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
Educational Services Center
P.O. Box 231 - 40 W. Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-4504 Ext. 15101


Deborah N. Champagne
Administrative Assistant
(315) 386-4504 Ext. 15100
Fax: (315) 379-3741 

The Assistant Superintendent for Instruction represents the BOCES at the Staff/ Curriculum Development Network (SCDN) and distributes time sensitive material to all districts as it comes from the state and federal government. The assistant superintendent may provide consultant and/or facilitator services to area schools and boards of education.

The ASI oversees instructional programming including CTE, Special Education, and Instructional Resources and School Improvement.

Nicole Ashley
Director of Financial Affairs


St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
Educational Services Center 
P.O. Box 231 - 40 W. Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-4504 Ext.10172
Fax: (315) 386-3395

  • Oversee the personnel financial records, preparation annual W-2s and 1099-MISC forms, monthly payroll of full-time and part-time employees, monthly deposit of federal withholding taxes, state withholding taxes, PERA reporting and PERA 401K reporting. Responsible for quarterly reporting of Federal 941, Unemployment and Workers Compensation reports.
  • Conduct general bookkeeping procedures. Prepare and update a general ledger, general journal and disbursement journal, as well as keep revenues and expenses by account.
  • Maintain books and budgets on all federal funds and BOCES programs. Report these figures monthly to program directors and Executive Director.
  • Oversee preparation of assessments to districts and invoices for all service contracts, High needs programs, and out of district tuition charges to member districts.
  • Work with Administrators in preparation of BOCES annual budget and revisions for BOCES Board approval. 
  • Transmit financial data to NYSED and prepare annual audit reports with the assistance of auditor.
  • Collaborate with BOCES program directors to set up programs and grants as projects are formulated to ensure financial data is available for end of year reporting.
  • Help coordinate BOCES purchasing procedures, monitors purchase ledger and encumbrance file.
Lee-ann Morgan
Human Resources Administrator
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
Educational Services Center 
P.O. Box 231 - 40 W. Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-4504 Ext.10167
  • Acts as liaison with the SLC Civil Service Department, NYS Retirement Systems, group insurance carrier, teacher certification and other personnel related agencies.
  • Verifies that minimum qualification requirements of a position are met by those who hold that position.
  • Supervises all activities with respect to the creation and classification of jobs.
  • Establishes procedures and implements or supervises the implementation of these procedures in recruitment, application screening and selection.
  • Supervises the record keeping function for all BOCES personnel and files all necessary reports resulting therefrom.
  • Approves all personnel actions for Board of Education action, supervises the preparation of all Board Agendas, regarding personnel actions, and supervises the preparation of all post-Board meeting correspondence and records.
  • Approves the placement of employees on salary schedules by analyzing their experience and preparation.
  • Administers the fringe benefit programs for all BOCES personnel.
  • Supervises the maintenance of attendance records on all BOCES employees and keeps employees informed of their leave status and accumulation.
  • Ensures that all personnel policies and practices are in compliance with relevant laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Recommends new or revised personnel policies for consideration by the organization.
  • Plans or develops personnel procedures and practices.
  • Represents management or serves as chief spokesperson for contract negotiations and administers BOCES' collective bargaining agreements.
  • Serves as a liaison with union officials concerning contract interpretation matters. Provides technical assistance regarding employee discipline.
  • Directs and supervises a comprehensive personnel and labor relations program for participating school districts to include but not be limited to contract negotiations, contract administration, and other related personnel or labor relations services.
    Represents school districts in disciplinary and grievance matters and in matters before PERB or other administrative agencies at the request of participating school districts.