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Dr. Tonia Thompson Named Interim Superintendent of Schools for BCSD


The board of education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tonia Thompson as the Interim Superintendent of Schools of the Binghamton City School District for the 2016-2017 school year.

“It is with full-support that the Board of Education appointed Dr. Thompson to this position,” Board President David Hawley said. “Tonia is an essential part of the district and has extensive knowledge in curriculum instruction, state education obligations and state assessments, which will help us move many educational initiatives forward.”

Dr. Thompson will take a leave of absence from her current position as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability to fill this interim appointment.

“I’d like to thank the board for giving me the opportunity to lead the district moving forward, and I’d like to thank Steve Deinhardt for paving the way for me and helping the district navigate a challenging transitional period,” Thompson said.

Dr. Thompson has a BA in biology with a minor in chemistry and concentration in human services and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Science from Binghamton University. She continued her education at Syracuse University and received a Certificate in Educational Leadership and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

In her 30 years in education she has held many roles most recently as the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and accountability. She has worked within the district in many capacities for 26 years.

Interim Superintendent Steve Deinhardt stepped down from his position on July 5, 2016. Deinhardt noted that state regulations effectively prohibited him from holding the interim position past the end of the 2015-2016 school year, which ended June 30.

“I have worked with Tonia for many years during my time with the district, and I have worked closely with her during these last three months,” said former BCSD Interim Superintendent Steve Deinhardt. “I know she is the best candidate for this position. Tonia’s familiarity with cutting-edge curriculum, state and federal accountability regulations, and the culture of this community and this district make her the ideal candidate to help BCSD realize its full potential in the year ahead.”

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