NEAL CAPONE has been selected as the new superintendent of schools at the DeRuyter Central School District. For the past 12 years, Capone, 50, has served as the superintendent and head of school at Faith Heritage, a private K-12 school in Syracuse that was also his middle and high-school alma mater. He will succeed David M. Brown, who led DeRuyter schools for the past five years before taking a new position as director of graduate studies at Le Moyne College. After growing up in the Syracuse area, graduating from Faith Heritage in 1990, and earning his bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Oswego, Capone launched his career in 1996 by working eight years as a grade 7-12 math teacher in the Westhill Central School District. He later became a teacher-trainer at OCM BOCES, a position that included planning and leading regional instructional work in areas such as literacy, math, classroom management and parent-school partnerships. In 2007, Capone became a district-data coordinator for OCM BOCES at its Central New York Regional Information Center, a position that shifted his focus to helping districts make the best use of instructional data to support student achievement. In September 2011, Capone took the helm at Faith Heritage.