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Clarkstown School Board Announces Search Consultant Presentations On Wednesday, Jan. 4 And Monday, Jan. 9

Input from public accepted at evening sessions and online

 

The Clarkstown Board of Education distributed an email just after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon that announced the scheduling of two presentations by the hired to search for a new school superintendent.  The first session on Wednesday, Jan. 4 begins at 8:30 p.m. at . That evening the North PTSA is meeting at 7 p.m. and the Clarkstown South High School PTSA is meeting at 7:30 p.m. The consultant's second session on Monday, Jan. 9 starts at 7:30 p.m. at .

This is the text of the email.

"December 2011

Dear Parents/Guardians and Interested Community Members:

As many of you know, the Board of Education has begun the search process for a new Superintendent of Schools. Finding a new Superintendent is a challenge that will demand the best individual and collective efforts.

Accordingly, we are involving members of our community and members of the school district staff in assisting the Board of Education in this process. Under NYS law, the Board of Education has the exclusive and unilateral right and responsibility to select and appoint the Superintendent of Schools. Involving representatives of the school community, however, serves the best interests of identifying and selecting the best person to serve our children, school district, and community.

You are cordially invited to join our search consultants, Dr. Charles Fowler, Dr. Carol Choye, and Dr. Howard Smith, on January 4, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. in the Clarkstown High School North Auditorium, OR on January 9, 2012 in the Clarkstown High School South Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. to hear a brief presentation on the search and selection process and to share your opinions and expectations on the personal characteristics, skills, experience, and philosophy desired in a new Superintendent.*

Please call the District Clerk, Lilyane Lorusso, at 639-6397, Mailbox  #8052, to let us know if you plan to attend. We look forward to your participation on January 4th or 9th.

If you are unable to attend the meeting please complete our online survey www.surveymonkey.com/s/clarkstown. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Donna Ehrenberg, Vice President
Clarkstown Board of Education

*It is anticipated that the Board of Education will act on January 5th to approve the second date (January 9th)."

The online survey contains four questions.  The first question asks respondents to select the five characteristics they consider most critical for a superintendent from a list of 16 experiences and skills.  The second question ask what the most important quality is for the next superintendent to have and why.  The next question seeks comments or recommendations for the Board of Education. The fourth question deals with demographic information about the respondent – resident of Clarkstown, children attending Clarkstown schools, student, teacher, staff member, etc.

When the school board met on Monday, Dec. 12 and the topic of stakeholder meetings with the consultants was brought up, there was opposition from board members and the public to the Jan 4th date because of the conflict with the previously scheduled PTSA meeting.  Board President Doug Katz said he would discuss the proposed session and the conflict with the consultant before finalizing the date.

Richard December 24, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Citizens, you had better attend these presentations. Get your friends and neighbors to attend as well. Bring your signs and let this miserable dysfunctional board know how you feel. Make them understand how badly they've behaved, how poorly they have administerrd YOUR school district and how carelessly they have squandered YOUR school tax dollarson on attorney fees. If you do not bring this board to its knees, then you've no one to blame but yourself.
Concerned CCSD Parent December 25, 2011 at 02:25 AM
Why do we have to call and RSVP for a meeting? That is ridiculous. If we don't call and let them know we're coming are we not allowed in? Isn't it a public forum?
Michael Feldman December 25, 2011 at 06:29 AM
Another Board of Education travesty. They belong in jail for the damage they have not only done to our district and its reputation, but the loss of value our homes have lost due to their malicious behavior.
Mike L December 26, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Can someone please explain to me why it is OK for a person to sit on the board when they directly benefit from the decisions they make. It would seem to me that any person that benefits directly or indirectly from a decision they make as a board member should simply not be eligible to sit on the board.......
Truth Seeker December 29, 2011 at 12:27 AM
What board member are you talking about, Mike, and what benefits does the board member receive as a result of his/her position? Don't just throw this out here for people to make assumptions about without specifics.

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