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superintendent search

The Niskayuna Central School District conducted the search for a superintendent of schools during the 2014-15 school year. The search process was coordinated by Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charles Dedrick. The Board of Education and Dr. Dedrick established a comprehensive timeline for the search, which incorporate feedback from school district stakeholders.


April 14, 2015

Board of Education names Dr. Cosimo Tangorra Jr. as superintendent

At its meeting on April 14, the Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint current New York State Deputy Education Commissioner Dr. Cosimo Tangorra Jr. as the district's next superintendent. The appointment followed an extensive search that included substantial community input, interviews with three finalists conducted by stakeholder teams, and a day-long visit to the district by Dr. Tangorra. READ MORE


Superintendent search update - March 12, 2015

Board invites Dr. Cosimo Tangorra Jr. back to Niskayuna for a final interview

The Niskayuna Board of Education has invited Dr. Cosimo Tangorra Jr. to return to the district as the finalist for the superintendent position, following an extensive search that included substantial community involvement this year. READ MORE


Search Documents

The application period closed on February 2, 2015.

Superintendent Search Brochure [PDF]

Superintendent of Schools Nomination Form [Interactive PDF]

Superintendent of Schools Application [Interactive PDF]


Online Superintendent Search Survey

Thank you to everyone who took the survey in November and early December! We appreciate your time and your perspective.


Stakeholder Interview Teams

Thank you to everyone who indicated an interest in participating in this phase of the process. See the Board's letter to the community and stakeholder interest about the stakeholder interview teams



Search Timeline

  • October 21: Board meeting with search consultants
  • November 7: First draft of brochure/application form to Board
  • November 10: Online survey begins
  • November 12: Community stakeholder feedback forums, 4 p.m. at Niskayuna High School Library and 7 p.m. at Niskayuna Town Hall
  • November 12: Board responds to first draft brochure with suggestions
  • November 14: Second draft of brochure/application distributed to Board
  • November 19: Board responds with final changes to brochure/application
  • November 20: Community stakeholder feedback forums: 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. in Van Antwerp Middle School auditorium
  • November 20: Board begins to identify community stakeholders for March interviews
  • November 24: Brochure/application posted on website and distributed
  • December 10: Online survey ends
  • December 16: Interim report at Board meeting by search consultants
  • January 15: Student Forum, Niskayuna High School Library Media Center, 3 p.m.
  • February 2: Application due date (postmark)
  • February 12: Board chooses candidate(s) for interviews
  • Stakeholders to participate in interviews identified
  • February 23: Interviews with the Board
  • March 2: Interviews with the Board
  • March 3: Interviews with the Board
  • March 4: Interviews with the Board (if needed)
  • March 5: Stakeholder Training, 6 p.m.
  • March 9: Stakeholder Interviews, 6 p.m., Location TBD
  • March 10: Stakeholder Interviews, 6 p.m., Location TBD
  • March 11: Stakeholders Report to the Board (Group 1 @ 6 p.m., Group 2 @ 7 p.m.)
  • March 31: Final interviews
  • April 1: Final interviews (if needed)
  • April 14: Appointment of successful candidate


*Dates are set aside for interviews, but subject to change based upon factors such as unforeseen scheduling issues and the number of candidates who are selected to participate.