The Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Services has announced that Dr. Dennis R. Lauro Jr., Pelham Superintendent of Schools, has been named Executive Director of the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center, effective in January 2013. Dr. Lauro’s appointment was approved by the SWBOCES Board of Education on Thursday, May 24.
Dr. Dennis Lauro
Dr. Lauro, who recently announced his retirement as Pelham Superintendent of Schools, a job he has held since 2008, will head up the LHRIC, a non-profit consortium that provides educational and administrative technology services to 62 school districts in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties. The LHRIC is one of seven centers comprising Southern Westchester BOCES and one 12 Regional Information Centers in New York State. It operates with an annual budget of more than $40 million and employs approximately 175 information technology professionals based in school districts and in Elmsford, N.Y.
Sandra Simpson, Chief Operating Officer of SWBOCES stated, “With Dr. Lauro’s experience in our region, he brings credibility and a knowledge base that will allow him to quickly take the reins of one of the most important businesses at our BOCES. Dr. Lauro has a strong technology and business background that made him stand out among a highly competitive candidate pool. I am thrilled he is joining our team.”
Dr. Lauro will officially leave Pelham Dec. 31, 2012, which provides that Board of Education with time to select a new Superintendent. He has served a total of 16 years in the District, joining Pelham in 1996 as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel. He later served as Assistant Superintendent, and as Deputy Superintendent.
He began his career in public education as a high school mathematics and computer science teacher, then as a mathematics and computer science department chairperson, both in Mahopac, before becoming director of the Northern Westchester/Putnam Teacher Center, where he served for four years.
He also taught mathematics for the Rye Neck schools, and returned to the Teacher Center for four years in the 1990s. Dr. Lauro was also instrumental in getting the state teacher center program passed by the New York State Legislature while working for the New York State United Teachers in the 1980s.
He earned a bachelor of science and a master’s degree from Western Connecticut State University, a certificate in School Business Administration from State University College at New Paltz, and an Ed.D. from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Lauro replaces James O’Brien, who retired as Executive Director of the LHRIC in October.
The LHRIC provides educational technology services to more than 180,000 students, and nearly 12,000 teachers, located in approximately 240 school buildings connected to the Internet via its Wide Area Network. The LHRIC provides network support and technical services to 40 school districts, using more than 40,000 computers, which represent approximately two-thirds of all districts comprising its tri-county consortium.