District Administration

The district’s central office administrative team is comprised of the superintendent, assistant superintendent for instruction, director of pupil personnel services, director of business and finance, director of pupil personnel services and director of student and staff support services. The district’s administrative offices are located at Van Antwerp Middle School, 1239 Van Antwerp Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309.

Cosimo Tangorra Jr., Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

(518) 377-4666, ext. 50706

Headshot photo of Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., was appointed as the superintendent of schools in April 2015. Prior to coming to Niskayuna, Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., served as the New York State Education Department deputy commissioner for P-12 Education. He was previously a superintendent for 12 years, a principal, academic administrator and teacher.

Dr. Tangorra has a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from the Sage Colleges, a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Cortland, a master’s degree in special education from the College of St. Rose, and a bachelor’s degree from Siena College.

During his first year with the district, he and the Board of Education worked together to develop the District Strategic Plan, which focuses the district on three major areas: Curriculum and Programs; Environment and Culture; and Partnerships. Many individual initiatives continue to be implemented in alignment with the plan and in partnership with staff and community. These include advancing the district’s academic program, focusing on college and career pathways, diversity, and improving district facilities.

Find Dr. Tangorra on Twitter: @CosimoTangorra

Marie Digirolamo

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

(518) 377-4666, ext. 50703

Marie Digirolamo headshotMarie Digirolamo became the assistant superintendent for instruction in July 2019. Prior to that she served as the district’s director of world language, social studies and English as a new language.

Digirolamo came to Niskayuna in 2014 as the director of the World Language and English as a New Language departments. A year later, she also began leading the Social Studies Department. Prior to joining district, she was principal of Taconic Hills Jr./Sr. High School. She began her career as a foreign language teacher, has taught at all academic levels, and has worked in the Albany, Cohoes, North Colonie and Stillwater school districts.

Digrolamo has a bachelor’s degree in French and anthropology, and a master’s in education and French from the University at Albany.

In Niskayuna, Digirolamo has led teams of teachers from both the Social Studies and World Language departments through the year-long program review process, which is a key driver in the district’s vision for the future. She is a member of the Leadership Team’s planning group, which has coordinated initiatives and training focused on equity, diversity and trauma-informed schools.

Carrie Nyc-Chevrier

Director of Business and Finance

(518) 377-4666, ext. 50712

Headshot photo of Director of Business and Finance Carrie Nyc-ChevrerCarrie Nyc-Chevrier joined the district in October 2014. In her role, Nyc-Chevrier oversees all aspects of school budget development, business office operations, and financial reporting, as well as central service areas.

Prior to coming to Niskayuna, Nyc-Chevrier was the business office administrator for Questar III BOCES. Before that, she served as the business administrator in the New Lebanon Central School District and worked in SUNY System Administration and the private sector.

Nyc-Chevrier has a master’s degree in business administration and an advanced graduate certificate for school district business leader from the University at Albany.

In Niskayuna, she has overseen the process of building the budget from scratch and also supervises the areas of transportation, operations and maintenance, and food services. Nyc-Chevrier has played a leading role in the district’s continued expansion of shared transportation services with neighboring districts.

Latisha J. Barnett

Chief Equity Officer

(518) 377-4666, ext. 5041

Headshot of Latisha Barnett

Latisha J. Barnett became the district’s Chief Equity Officer in July 2019. She came to the district from Skidmore College, where she has served as the director of student diversity programs since 2016. She also worked as the director of student life and the assistant director of multicultural affairs at The College of Saint Rose. She has a master’s in education from The College of St. Rose and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY Fredonia. Latisha’s role involves working collaboratively with stakeholders to implement best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion, including in the areas of professional development and staff recruitment and retention. She is valuable resource for students, families and staff in this area that is an important part of our strategic plan.