SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Syracuse Board of Education has officially chosen a new superintendent.

The board voted unanimously to confirm Jaime Alicea as the superintendent of city schools Wednesday night. Alicea began serving as interim superintendent in July following Sharon Contreras' departure.

School board president Derrick Dorsey says the board did not open a national search for a replacement because Alicea impressed them with his ability to build relationships and handle disciplinary issues.

Alicea says he hopes to increase vocational programs and boost graduation rates in his post.

The district veteran has served Syracuse City School District for 34 years. During his time, Alicea has worked as a teacher, principal and chief operations officer.

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