The Syracuse City School District Board of Education has appointed Jaime Alicea as interim superintendent.
Alicea, SCSD’s current chief operations officer, will take over in the new role on Aug. 6, one day after former SCSD Superintendent Sharon Contreras will leave the role for a position in a North Carolina school district.
Contreras had been superintendent of city schools for the past five years, and will begin her new role Sept. 1.
“I am humbled and honored to be chosen to lead the Syracuse City School District during this very important transition period,” Alicea said in a statement. “I have worked in the Syracuse City School District, and lived in the City of Syracuse for my entire 33-year career. I know that we have great teachers, administrators, and support staff, and that our students, parents, and families are capable of accomplishing great things, and I look forward to continuing the work of the last five years.”
Alicea began his career as a teaching assistant at Seymour Elementary School, then later served in an administrative capacity before becoming chief operations officer in 2012.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, and a master of arts in foreign language education from Syracuse University.
Alicea declined to comment on whether he would be interested in the position permanently, but said he hoped to continue Contreras’ work in the district, including a continued increase in graduation rates.