Superintendent Search: Community Survey and Update

A Message from Board of Education President Kimberly Tully

Dear Community Members,

The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on the Superintendent Search process and, on behalf of the Board of Education, to invite you to fill out a survey about the search that will provide the Board with critical information. We want and need your input to make this search a success!

The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KXXYKHY.

The Board has decided to work with Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy as the search consultant. She has led many successful search processes in our region and has met twice with our Board of Education in recent weeks.

This beginning phase of the search is critical because it involves seeking YOUR input about our school district and the characteristics that you believe are important in our next leader. The search process presents an important opportunity to better understand your perspective on our district and its future direction. In addition to the survey, there will be upcoming forums for stakeholders to share their perspectives on the search.

All of the information from the surveys and the stakeholder forums will be shared with the Board of Education.

The survey will close on September 15. For those who would rather complete this on paper, copies are available at all school offices, Niskayuna Town Hall, the Niskayuna Town Library, the Schenectady Jewish Community Center and on the bulletin board at the Niskayuna Co-Op. Completed paper copies should be returned to the District Office.

The broad timeline our partners at BOCES have shared calls for the application period to open in September and close at the end of October, interviews to take place in November and December and the announcement of a successful candidate in January. Following this timeline, the new superintendent would start on or before July 1, 2022. We also know that the timeline is subject to change because different parts of the process may go slower or faster depending on a variety of factors.

It does appear likely that our district will need an interim or acting superintendent until we go through this comprehensive process to select the next superintendent. We will keep you informed as we proceed.

In closing, I want to emphasize that this process presents an opportunity to understand your perspective about the future of our school district and we hope you take advantage of opportunities to participate, beginning with the survey.

On behalf of the Board, we value your partnership and take with the utmost seriousness the responsibility that you have entrusted us with. We will keep you informed throughout this process.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Tully
Board of Education President