South Orangetown Central School District welcomes Alicia Koster as its School Business Administrator, effective July 1. Her appointment was approved by the Board of Education on May 15. Ms. Koster will directly oversee the district’s fiscal affairs, as well as Facilities, Food Service, Health and Safety, and Transportation.
A 20-year public education veteran, Ms. Koster has extensive experience in the development and management of capital projects and has overseen a portfolio of construction projects totaling more than $100 million. Most recently, she was the school business administrator for the Oriskany Central School District, where she served as assistant superintendent and, during the district’s superintendent search process, interim superintendent. Prior to her tenure in Oriskany, Ms. Koster worked in a similar capacity for the Mexico Central School District. She is a member of several New York State Council of School Superintendents committees which focus on professional development programs for district-level administrators, curriculum and assessment, and public education advocacy.
“I am honored to join the South Orangetown leadership team and look forward to utilizing my knowledge and experience to ensure that innovative learning environments and resources are in place to support student engagement and accelerate student learning,” says Ms. Koster.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Empire and master’s degrees in educational administration and business administration from SUNY New Paltz, as well as certifications for School District Business Leadership and School District Leadership. Ms. Koster is completing her doctorate of educational administration at Seton Hall University.
“Alicia is an innovative and collaborative leader whose focus is always student-centered,” noted Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Pritchard. “As superintendent in the Mexico Central School District, I worked closely with Alicia to bring a number of exciting capital projects to fruition. She will be a tremendous asset to SOCSD as we move forward with enhancing our capacity to elevate, engage and inspire our students.”