The New York State Council of School Superintendents has named James Langlois, the superintendent of Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, New York State Superintendent of the Year.
For 10 years Langlois has run BOCES, which provides a diverse range of cooperative programs for 18 school districts, including special education, technical education, adult education and professional development for teachers. He had been an educator for 50 years.
“To the extent that the award calls attention to the challenges faced by public education and its long history of successes in the face of those challenges, I am honored to receive this recognition,” said Langlois in a statement. “It is an honor that I am proud to share with every superintendent who leads public schools.”
Langlois has served as President of the New York State Council of School Superintendents and in many other capacities in the state organization, as well as at the national level.
“Jim Langlois is admired by his colleagues in this state and beyond,” said Council Executive Director Dr. Robert Reidy. “They have called on him to serve in many leadership roles. He is also a respected independent voice and effective local leader among the superintendents and school boards of the Lower Hudson Valley.”
Photo: Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Superintendent James Langlois, who has been named New York State Superintendent of the Year, speaks with students in a cosmetology class at PNW BOCES tech center. Photo courtesy of Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.