BINGHAMTON, NY – After 14 years at the New York State Education Department, Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe is moving on.
NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca spoke with her about her time at State Ed and what’s next as schools across the state develop re-opening plans for the fall.
Tahoe started as Interim Commissioner at the end of last year after having other roles at the Department.
And, much has taken place as schools have had to evolve due to the coronavirus.
((Shannon Tahoe, NYSED Interim Commissioner))
I was put in the position of Interim Commissioner and then had to work steadfastly to figure out how to work with all of our school districts across the state, provide continuity or learning, child nutrition plans, childcare for first responders in the midst of the pandemic in March and from March through June and how to continue those services.
School districts have until Friday to submit re-opening plans to the state.
The Governor is expected to decide sometime next week if schools will re-open based on a formula.
While the Education Department is reviewing plans as they come in Tahoe says one theme seems to be a hybrid learning model of in-person and remote instruction.
((Shannon Tahoe, NYSED Interim Commissioner)) But, it’s really a district-wide decision, and the districts have to look at their facilities, their enrollment, what their school population looks like, what their capabilities are on a resource perspective, what types of staff are going to be able to come into schools in the fall and how many staff will be available.
She says once she departs she hopes the Department will continue to work on re-opening, securing broadband and devices for students, obtaining federal finances, and looking at the academic deficits students have faced as a result of not having in-person instruction.
((Shannon Tahoe, NYSED Interim Commissioner)) Most importantly, we need to look at the social and emotional needs of both our students and our families and parents and our communities and the staff in our districts.
Tahoe says after she leaves on August 13th she plans to spend time with her family before announcing where she’s headed next in the coming weeks.
The Board of Regents expects to appoint an Acting Commissioner before her departure.