West Genesee Appoints OCM BOCES District Superintendent as Acting Superintendent

The West Genesee Board of Education announced Wednesday (January 23) that District Superintendent Dr. Jody Manning will serve as an acting superintendent for West Genesee schools until a long-term interim can be appointed to assume the responsibilities of former School Superintendent Chris Brown, who has reached a separation agreement with the district.

Once a long-term interim superintendent is appointed, the Board of Education will conduct a formal superintendent search to replace Brown.

As district superintendent, Manning is required by law to wear two hats: one as the chief executive officer of BOCES, the other as a local representative and liaison to the New York State Education Department. As a state-level representative, Manning and other district superintendents often assist local school districts with administrative challenges and guide them in the selection process for a new superintendent.

Dr. Manning will serve as acting superintendent at no cost to the district. He said he would be “honored to help the West Genesee Board of Education and the District so they can move forward and continue to put their focus on providing the best possible education for our students.

“Our No. 1 priority during this time of transition will be ensuring the success and well-being of all students and staff in the West Genesee District,” Manning said.

Manning has served as the district superintendent since 2012. He previously served as the superintendent of Solvay schools and as the chief business official for East Syracuse-Minoa.