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Ossining Identifies Top Five Superintendent Candidates

School officials report 32 applicants across 10 states have expressed interest in the position.

Just over a week since Dr. Phyllis Glassman spent her last day as the  schools' superintendent, the district is making strides toward choosing its new leader.

"Thirty-two school administrators from 10 states have applied for the opportunity to become the Ossining Union Free School District’s next superintendent of schools," the district announced through Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, its search consultant for the process.

Since Glassman retired on January 14, Raymond Sanchez has been serving as interim superintendent. He is also the district's deputy superintendent.

Of the 32 applicants, BOCES has narrowed its field down to five candidates, who will meet with the Board of Education for interviews. The Board will be responsible for picking the top three from this pool.

Then, community members will become directly involved in the selection process, BOCES said.

"These three finalists will be interviewed by the district’s search committee in early February," a statement from BOCES explained.

The district previously selected three community members to serve on the committee, as well as solicited residents' suggestions through a survey and at community forums in November and December. BOCES reported more than 100 people attended the forums, while almost 200 additional residents completed the online survey.

"There is no decision more important than who will lead our district into the future," said Board of Education President Bill Kress in the statement. "For this reason, we are conducting a very careful search, which began by seeking extensive input from the community."

After the top three candidates are reviewed by the committee—which also includes student and staff representation—the Board will again interview the applicants. Finally, a site visit to the top candidate's district will take place before the new superintendent is announced.

What qualities do you want in the new superintendent? Tell us in the comments below.

Elizabeth Cornwell Hoffman January 24, 2013 at 02:22 PM
In the fourth and fifth paragraphs, you state: "The Board will be responsible for picking the top three from this pool. Then, community members will become directly involved in the selection process, BOCES said." But in the last paragraph, you say this: "After the top three candidates are chosen by the committee—which also includes student and staff representation—the Board will again interview the applicants." Those seem to directly contradict one another - does the Board or the search committee with public representation pick the final three? And once those three are chosen, who decides which will be offered the job? IF the Board selects the final three, then the committee meets them, but then the Board gets to choose the finalist from the group of three, does that mean the search committee is actually acting solely in advisory capacity, with the board actually making all the decisions (and able to completely ignore the advice of the committee if they so choose)?
Sarah Studley (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Hi Ms. Hoffman — thanks for pointing this out. The article has been clarified to explain the board chooses the top three candidates, which are reviewed by the committee.

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