School Board Selects Two Semi-Finalists For Superintendent’s Position

Candidates interviewed Friday and Saturday


The Clarkstown Board of Education met with six candidates for the position on Friday and Saturday and later agreed on two who will continue the interview process.

“The board has finished interviewing the candidates for superintendent and the board has narrowed it down to two finalists,” said Board President Doug Katz on Tuesday. 

Katz said the board made its decision on the two semi-finalists on Monday. He said the next step is to set dates for community stakeholder meetings with the semi-finalists. He did not have a timeframe for those sessions but expected information would be available soon. 

Mike Hirsch April 24, 2012 at 08:27 PM
What's the salary? Why confuse the selection process by bringing the community into it? Is the board incapable of making the selection? Will they listen to the diverse opinions of those that show up anyway?
Joanie Taylor April 24, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Mike, do you have any trust in their selection to begin with after all that has gone on? I wonder why anyone would want to come here, especially with almost no admin staff left. That makes me nervous, and very sad for Clarkstown. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is a unanimous vote by all 7 board members when they are hired. Good luck to all of us. PLEASE do not vote for the incumbents, let's move forward and upward!
concerned tax payer April 24, 2012 at 08:48 PM
It is important that we elect individuals to the board that are knowledgable of educational law and policy. Please follow Leo Macias and his candidacy for the board. He has the unique skills and resume to guide the board in the future. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leo-Macias/146693242112553
Joanie Taylor April 24, 2012 at 08:55 PM
It will be very interesting to see what the new supers salary and package will be!
Mike Hirsch April 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM
My personal opinion is that it really doesn't matter if I, you, or the man in the moon trust their decision. The board was entrusted by the citizens who bothered to vote with making ALL decisions on their behalf. Let them do their job. Keep the community out of this.
Tony T April 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I hope it is not as sweet a deal and "golden parachute" that Keller-Cogan received!
Joanie Taylor April 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Your use of "sweet" and "golden" seems to either imply they were a gift or something underhanded. They were neither. If your opinion that superintendents are paid too much or receive too many benefits say that instead. MKC's salary and benefits package that was negotiated with the BOE is one of, if not the, lowest in the county and surrounding like area. If you don't make what she makes, if you don't value education or don't understand the jobs responsibilities, you may think its too much. If you make that or more, you understand the daily responsibilities and you value education, I think don't think you would consider it sweet and golden, but rather standard and underpaid. Sorry, but that is what I feel. Put it this way, my parents couldn't understand how we would pay $285,000 for our first house when they paid $27,000 for their first house. Choose your words carefully so as not to imply something that it's not.
Phil Leiter April 25, 2012 at 03:14 AM
They are simply following the same practice that Dr. Keller-Cogan went through before she was selected. It is also a common practice today, since school Boards typically collect and respond to public input and stakeholder concerns. The results of an election are hardly a blanket stamp of approval for all actions going forward by a public body. Of course, I personally don't expect this Board to pay much attention to public input either. This is evidenced by how surprised most of them were by Mr. Malgieri's inquiry as to why the Board hadn't even considered how to collect public input as of the April 19th meeting. They're going to choose whoever they want. It is because public participation has been such an exercise of futility with this particular Board that I join with others to encourage MORE community participation. It is vital that people see just how their trust was misplaced in the last elections so that they can make informed decisions at this year's polls to ensure that the CCSD Board gets back on track.
Tony T April 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Keller-Coogan made more than the Governor, the Mayor of the City of New York and every Supreme Court Judge in the State must I go on......she could not have any more responsibility then these positiions. And obviously from the angst and discord e carused she was not worth the money. I hope the BOE is considering the average Clarkstown taxpayer and not elitist yourself!
mike sullivan April 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Tony,you can bring up she made more than this peron or that person.It really doesn't matter this is what the salaries are in this tri state area.Your not going to get any applicants for this position at $100,000/yr they basiclly work 16 hrs a day,yes there are perks but it's a thankless job
Joanie Taylor April 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Tony, you can't lump all jobs into one category. It just doesn't make sense. She is not in the political world. She was hired, not elected, to do a job. Please, know the facts and the context of your information so you can make sensible points. Also, who actually acted inappropriately in public and seemed not to be able to do their jobs respectfully and correctly, the BOE or the Superintendent. All roads lead back to the BOE. You are misinformed and seem to want to be antagonistic.
Rhea Vogel April 25, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Tony and anyone else who thinks Keller-Cogan was over paid and that school superintendents should make less that the governor, http://seethroughny.net/payrolls/ At this site you can see what comparable salaries are for a superintendent in our region. This will be a determining factor on what the salary will be that is offered. We are not the only Distirct that is currently hiring and any qualified candidate is most likely going to receive multiple offers. If we are not competitive we will not be able to hire the best - and don't our schools and students deserve a top notch superintendent? As for the governor or the mayor - they have the capacity to write books and command BIG BUCKS for public appearances. There is no comparison!
Patricia Collins April 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Wow!! Here I was thinking that the East Ramapo School District's Superintendant and Board of Education was horrific. It just goes to show that if everyone doesn't come out to vote for the best interest of our children then we'll all suffer the consequences in the end. We have misenformed people over here in East Ramapo that won't vote because they say they don't have children in school. They don't understand that if you live in the district you have the right to vote in every election that comes up and that whatever the School Board does will effect them whether or not they have children. I wish the CCSD all the best wishes.
Michael Gardocki April 25, 2012 at 05:23 PM
To me this has nothing to do with salary. The market value for a superintendent is what it is and if we want a reasonable candidate we should pay them a competitive salary. That said, my biggest problem with this whole disaster is "we" took too long to come to a decision regarding Keller-Cogan and now we are left with very little time to vet a proper candidate and we are leaving it up to what "we" believe is an incompetent BOE. It is time to move forward and elect what we see is a board that can work as a team with the new superintendent. Unfortunately the elections will be held before any superintendent will be announced or the board candidates will be able to meet him or her. Our hands for next years budget and superintendent rest in the current board. I will also send out a request that the next super and board members ensure more transparency and professionalism.
Yehbut April 25, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Superintendent contracts should have incentive clauses that include student performance goals as well as budget goals. Their salary should also be increased or decreased according to the size of the central administration they surround themselves with. I'm sorry, but a super who has a large staff that does most of the heavy lifting, should receive a lower salary than someone who delegates fewer responsibilities. Time for some innovative thinking instead of marching lockstep because that's how everybody does it. It would be nice if the governor's superintendent cap passed, ending what is essentially price fixing among candidates, but boards must do what they can to get the best candidate at the best terms possible.
Jonathan Swift April 27, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Mike, the bottom line is the board president hasn't a clue as to what he is doing. He never did. He has had to turn to the board attorney and others not on the board (ex: search committee) for every decision he makes. He has no leadership abilities & has no control over the meetings. That is painfully obvious by attending meetings or watching them online. What is most disturbing, though, is that this majority achieved what they wanted by forcing Dr. Keller-Cogan out but now they have to rush to find a replacement. How on earth can we trust them to do this after all they have done to diminish the quality of education in CCSD? I don't trust them one bit. I say get an interim superintendent and if this board gets new faces then let them start the search again July 1st. To leave the future of our district at this crucial time in the hands of President Katz and the other 3 is insane.
Sigmund Freud May 08, 2012 at 03:26 PM
When does the public get to meet our new superintendent? Or will we never have that chance, Doug?


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