Clarkstown Superintendent Resigns Effective June 30

Dr. Keller-Cogan notifies parents and staff she is leaving the district.

Clarkstown School District Superintendent Margaret Keller-Cogan sent the following email to parents and staff Tuesday afternoon. 


March 13, 2012

Dear Parents, Staff and Community,

I am writing to announce my departure from Clarkstown Central effective June 30, 2012.  I have been hired as Head of School in an independent school in upstate New York. I will begin my work there in early July.

In the six years I have been in Clarkstown, it has been my privilege to work alongside a gifted staff on behalf of talented and exceptional young people.  I am so very grateful for the opportunities I have been given and the support I have received.   These have allowed us to make the gains that we have as a school system.  On a daily basis I find myself celebrating the successes I see around me.

I would like to thank you for all you have done to support the children of Clarkstown and me by allowing me to lead such a respected school district.

Dr. Meg Keller-Cogan
Superintendent of Schools

In reaction to the resignation announcement, Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack said Keller-Cogan worked "tirelessly" for the district.

Here's Gromack's statement:

"Superintendent Dr. Margaret Keller Cogan worked tirelessly on behalf of the children of the Clarkstown Central School District.  We certainly forged a good cooperative relationship between the Town and the School.  I respect her decision and wish her much success in the future."

Joanie Taylor March 15, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I don't think the problem is lack of education, it is lack of respect and understanding of education. Is is lack of respect for those with PhDs and with years of experience in the field. It is quite clear some of the majority board don't value education. I do believe you need a degree to be the head of finance in this district and to be an Assistant Superintendent. How did this board ever hire someone for that position without an earned degree, ie having attended college day in and day out to get the paper? How about hiring someone, as previously posted, that didn't even graduate high school for that position? That does not sit well with me. Can someone check this out?
Joanie Taylor March 15, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Can the editor of the Patch please clarify why posts were deleted and it seems all posts of some people are gone. If they did in fact post true information about public officials, why were they deleted? Is the Patch going to follow through with every article written about every public figure?
Phil Leiter March 15, 2012 at 02:51 AM
ADK, Dr. K-C did not resign, though perhaps you didn't get past the misleading headline. She announced her departure at the end of her contract. I know it's a foreign concept to past and current Boards, but it's simply keeping the residents of Clarkstown informed. The Board's absurd decision to "expand" of the investigation must have been a tremendous validation of her decision to find a less antagonistic place to work. I note that the Elmwood Franklin School, in their search for a new Head of School, employed a Search Committee comprised of parents, alumni, past Board members and faculty. They also kept parents apprised of their progress and methodology through their web site. What remarkable transparency in a private school compared to the public entity that is the CCSD. This should be our goal for the future!
Rhea Vogel March 15, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Thanks for the compliment Joanie. ;-)
Phil Leiter March 15, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Indeed, Dr. K-C's salary and benefits were average among Rockland County districts (all smaller than the CCSD) and below average for districts with 8000 students or more throughout the state. It will be interesting to see the quality of candidates willing to take anything substantially less. You get what you pay for.
Patrick Sarsfield March 15, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Tomorrow night's meeting should be interesting. I think I may have to go just to watch the excitement.
Rhea Vogel March 15, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Why are my comments not posting?
Tony T March 15, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Buy teachers clothing......they should be wearing tux and gowns at the ssalary they get for 9 months work!!
Tony T March 15, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Fair minded in who opinion?
Rhea Vogel March 15, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Another post I put on was immediately deleted?? Why? I only posted some web site addresses... What is going on?
Phil Leiter March 15, 2012 at 04:04 AM
That's weird...let me try: Here's two sites that will help your research into salaries and other issues in the CCSD: www.seethroughny.net www.boarddocs.com/ny/clarkcsd/Board.nsf/Public
Rhea Vogel March 15, 2012 at 04:04 AM
OK - is there some weird filter that automatically deletes web addresses?
Tony T March 15, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Some of the smartest people I know have on degree and some of the smartest and most educatred people I know have no common scense......I'll take commom sense any time.
Phil Leiter March 15, 2012 at 04:05 AM
hmmm...OK, I don't know what is going on there, but rest assured, Patch, these are legitimate links!
Rhea Vogel March 15, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Now, I am starting to get paranoid... is it me... lol ;-) Thanks Phil!
Rhea Vogel March 15, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Tony T gets to write inflammatory statements like the just posted, "Buy teachers clothing......they should be wearing tux and gowns at the ssalary they get for 9 months work!!" But beneficial information for the public gets bounced??? What is going on? I hope that the editor or moderator of this comment section will come on and explain why my comments, which are not about anyone, and ask that posters not be nasty and contain only PUBLIC information about some websites were bounced.
Phil Leiter March 15, 2012 at 04:52 AM
This is rather unusual. I expected that, because of some new unannounced Patch policy, links could not be posted by anyone. Yet, I could do it. Honored as I suppose I should be, surely the Patch has not decided to automatically delete posts from certain people that contain links? Especially since Mrs. Vogel has a long track record of only posting relevant and public information? Can someone explain this?
Tony T March 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM
JoanieTaylor, Keller-Cogan makes more moeny than the Governor of NY, Supreme Court Judges, and most NYS Depatment Heads. Yes her responsibilites are great but she has senior administrators/Ass't Superviosrs/Principals in very area you mentioned to rely upon to supervise. As too normal perks normal for who.....I have been in business and public service and her perks are not fantastic.
Joanie Taylor March 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Ccsdfirsthandnews had all their comments deleted because they spoke about the boe and Lanave. I guess they have friends at the patch. If we can't talk about these public figures, the patch better do the Same during election time board, locally and nationally.
Joanie Taylor March 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I know there is censorship going on at the patch. Let them explain in public what was not true and what was inflammatory. Then let them explain how what has bwwn said about other people was not.
Yehbut March 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Clandestine? Really? Private, o.k. but clandestine?
Rhea Vogel March 15, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Now, my posts never appeared. they were not deleted, they just were never even posted. I will try again. If people would like to get information about Clarkstown's overall performance they can do that at: https://reportcards.nysed.gov/files/2009-10/AOR-2010-500101060000.pdf Fiscal information and student classification data can be found at: https://reportcards.nysed.gov/files/2009-10/FIS-2010-500101060000.pdf You can also look up your own individual school - just type in the name of the school in the box on the map: https://reportcards.nysed.gov/view.php?county=yes&year=2010
Rhea Vogel March 15, 2012 at 01:11 PM
OK! it looks like whatever weirdness was happening to my posts last night has stopped.
wastedmoney2012 March 15, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Rhea I disagree. Phil's lack of education is apparent. Or maybe to your point it's not his lack of education but lack of intelligence. I've seen how he conducts himself at BOE meetings. He does not work through a thought process. He is confrontational because he is not smart enough to debate an issue an even accept he may be wrong so he resorts to bully tactics. So let me rephrase yet again maybe you do NOT need a degree that was earned at college or university but you must have some intelligence to be a BOE member and from my seat I see that we have at least 2 possibly more members of our BOE who have limited intelligence and are in way over their heads!
Merlin The Mighty Wizard March 15, 2012 at 03:25 PM
This is on tonight's agenda: Subject 8.24 Approval of 2012 - 2013 school calendar. Meeting Mar 15, 2012 - Clarkstown Board of Education Regular Meeting Category 8. New Business Type Action, Action (Consent)
NewCityParent2012 March 15, 2012 at 08:53 PM
so the head of finance for our school district did not actually go to college and earn a 4 year degree?? not a masters in economics? Not a CPA? Really? Come on your pulling my leg...
Jason T March 15, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Thanks Merlin, that was really important information. By the way, do you have a life?
Joanie Taylor March 15, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Nope, ask!
Rhea Vogel March 15, 2012 at 09:18 PM
To all the nasty people out there who feel that it is OK to use this comment section to make hurtful, mean and what might perhaps be libelous comments about people - PLEASE STOP! It is ok to be critical of the actions, politics, performance and decisions of our elected officials and public servants but do so in a way that results in constructive debate so that we can all enthusiastically share our views. Energetic conversations that engage people on opposite sides of an issue do not have to degenerate into arbitrary name calling. When you digress into that kind of negative behavior you end up ruining it for the rest of us!
Dzeldaz March 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Moving soon, if you don't like it here, stop complaining and insulting people and move.


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