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The School Board for the City of Syracuse School District announced its unanimous vote on Wednesday to appoint Anthony Q. Davis, Sr. as the district’s acting superintendent, according to a press release posted on the SCSD website.

Davis, an alumnus of Henninger High School in Syracuse, has served as assistant superintendent of secondary education and vocational and technical education programs at SCSD since 2016, according to the release. He will replace outgoing superintendent Jamie Alicea on July 1, 2022.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Syracuse City School District during this interim period while the school board searches for a permanent superintendent,” Davis said in the announcement.

After joining SCSD as a teaching assistant in 1987, Davis worked as a special education teacher and administrative intern. He left the district in 1997 to become a trustee at Liverpool High School.

In 2014 Davis became Director of Personnel Services at Liverpool Central Schools. He returned to the SCSD in 2016 in his current position.

“As a graduate of the Syracuse City School District, I am fully invested in the success of our students,” Davis said in the announcement. “Having worked as an SCSD Assistant Superintendent, I fully understand the challenges faced by our students, their families, and our staff and believe that together we are more than capable of overcoming them.”

Davis received her master’s degree in education from Syracuse University.

Outgoing superintendent Alicea joined SCSD in 1983 as a teaching assistant at Seymour Elementary, according to the SCSD website. He also worked as an assistant superintendent for supervision and instruction.

In his role, he oversaw 38 SCSD schools and oversaw the Parent Partnership program, which oversees the evaluation of school principals and staff. He became the district’s chief operating officer in 2012.

As SCSD’s Chief Operating Officer, Alicea led initiatives such as the Peer Review and Assistance Program and the Minority Recruitment Committee. Additionally, he oversaw district personnel, transportation, health services, food services, security, labor relations, risk management, and facilities and operations departments.

Alicea also participated in the negotiation of 10 collective agreements, facilitated district-wide behavior and attendance committees, and reviewed numerous school board policies.

The SCSD School Board is currently seeking a consultant to lead the search for a permanent superintendent. A decision is expected later this month.

Dan Romero, chairman of the SCSD Board of Education, said on behalf of the board that he was confident in Davis’ ability to move the district forward.

“We are thrilled to announce Mr. Davis as Acting Superintendent of the City of Syracuse School District,” Romeo said in the announcement. “As a district graduate and former SCSD employee, he is the perfect person to guide us through this interim period as we continue our search for a permanent superintendent.

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