• Barbara Case Superintendent Barbara J. Case

    In January 2018, Barbara J. Case became the General Brown Central School District’s seventh superintendent of schools. 

    Ms. Case has spent her career working with students, staff and families from a variety of educational settings, including rural, urban and suburban school districts. She has taught and worked with students and families from all socio-economic classes. 

    Whether teaching students or working directly with staff, Case has stayed true to her belief in cultivating relationships and identifying individual’s strengths so that students and staff members have access to whatever they need to find success — for themselves, the school community and the community at large.  

    Shortly after her arrival at General Brown, Ms. Case worked with a group of about 30 stakeholders to develop the district’s 2019-22 Strategic Action Plan. The plan’s three focus areas of academic achievement, intentional investment in learning and school culture and community are in line with Ms. Case’s background of promoting inclusion, facilitating opportunities for growth and success for students and staff and collaborating with others to ensure a dynamic and positive learning environment for all. 

    Since then, Ms. Case has overseen the implementation of several initiatives to support the goals of the Strategic Action Plan. Engaging with the school community throughout the process, she successfully led GBCSD through the reconfiguration of the district’s two elementary buildings to a grade-centered model.

    Another initiative Ms. Case has worked to move forward as part of the Strategic Action Plan was to implement full inclusion in district classrooms, an effort aimed at increasing achievement for all students, ensuring that each student is an essential member of their classroom and that they feel safe and welcomed in the General Brown community.

    Ms. Case also oversaw the district’s $1.25 million Smart Schools Investment Plan Project and its $9.4 million capital project to improve the district's infrastructure, which sought to update facilities as part of the district’s long-range facilities plan.

    During the pandemic, Ms. Case led the General Brown team through the 2020 school closure and the subsequent reopening process, working closely with Jefferson County Public Health Service to ensure the safety of staff and students. She also has concentrated efforts on supporting families beyond the district’s buildings, prioritizing food and meal distribution and providing household and school supplies through collaboration with community agencies.

    Ms. Case is dedicated to ensuring equity for all students and regularly advocates for adequate funding for General Brown and the region to federal and state representatives. She also is committed to transparent communication and collaboration with staff, families and the community.

    Before GBCSD

    Prior to joining General Brown, Ms. Case held both teaching and administrative positions. She most recently served four years as the grades 7-12 principal for the Freeville, New York, George Junior Republic Union Free School District, a Special Act School District that provides education and related services to Tompkins County students living in child care institutions. 

    Before that, she spent two years as a school district data coordinator with the Central New York Regional Information Center in Syracuse, where she supported school district leadership in interpreting data to identify priorities in district planning and implement positive change where needed.

    From 2009-2012, Ms. Case served as the Groton Central School District high school principal, and from 2005-2009, she was the director of the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Adult & Continuing Education program and principal of its Youth GED program. 

    From 1996 to 2005, she taught high school and middle school social studies, provided academic intervention services and worked as a reading specialist.

    Ms. Case may be reached at 315-779-2300 or bcase@gblions.org.  


    Educational Background

     State University of New York College at Cortland

    • Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration; 2006
    • Master of Science Degree in Education, Reading: 1998
    • Bachelor of Arts Degree: 1991
      • Dual major: Political Science (public administration & public policy) and Secondary Social Studies


    Ms. Case holds New York State Permanent Certificates in the following:

    • School District Administrator
    • School Administrator & Supervisor
    • Reading Teacher
    • Social Studies Teacher Grades 7-12