Sandra H. Ruffo - Area 4 Director

Sandra H. Ruffo is the Area 4 Director of the New York State School Boards Association. As Area 4 Director, she represents school boards in Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

NYSSBA provides advocacy, training and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state’s public schools. The NYSSBA board establishes policies to supervise, control and direct the business of the Association.

Ruffo has been a school board member since 1985. She is serving her 11th year as president of the Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCES board, of which she has been a member since 1995. She chairs the board’s Retreat/Goal Planning and Superintendent Evaluation Instrument committees, and serves on the Policy Review and Audit committees.  She is an alternate trustee on the Workers Compensation Alliance Committee.

Ruffo served on the Susquehanna Valley School Board for 18 years, 15 of those years as president. In 2015 she received the first “Friend of Education” Award from the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS). She also received the Susquehanna Valley Distinguished Service Award in 2003. In addition, in 2004 Susquehanna Valley established the Sandra Ruffo Leadership Scholarship in her name.

Ruffo is a past president and vice president of the Broome Tioga School Boards Association.

Ruffo is a retired RN, having served in various capacities at the Hospice at Lourdes in Binghamton, including as interim executive director, clinical coordinator, coordinator of marketing and education, and a homecare nurse. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Binghamton University, State University of New York, and an RN degree from SUNY Broome Community College.

Ruffo and her husband Sam reside in Conklin. They have five married children and 14 grandchildren.

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