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Syracuse school board selects Anthony Davis as permanent superintendent

A crowd of people sit in chairs on an indoor basketball court as they listen to a man standing in front of them speak.
Then-interim Superintendent Anthony Davis speaks at a community meeting hosted at the Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse.

The Syracuse City School District has a new superintendent, and it's a familiar name.

The Board of Education on Wednesday evening decided Anthony Davis will take on the permanent position. Davis has served as interim superintendent since July. He took on the role after Jamie Alicea retired at the end of the previous school year.

Board of Education President Tamica Barnett said in a news release that Davis' favorability from the district's community influenced the decision.

"He has dedicated his entire career to education and has been excellent in the interim role, and we are confident he will be a great leader moving forward," Barnett said in the statement.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh on social media congratulated Davis on his official position and said he supported the school board's decision.

Davis has worked with the Syracuse City School District for 14 years. He previously served in the Liverpool Central School District.

Tarryn Mento is an award-winning digital, audio and video journalist with experience reporting from Arizona, Southern California, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Tarryn produces in-depth and investigative content for WAER while overseeing the station's student reporter experience. She is also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University.