Superintendent Search Update (April 01)

April 01, 2021 Update

At the March 31 Board of Education Meeting, school board president John Foley shared that the board was not able to come to a mutual agreement with the superintendent candidate on a contract.  Mr. Foley outlined what he believes are the next steps but stressed that he is just one board member and others may have different opinions.  Wednesday evening's executive session is the first time the board would come together to discuss.  Mr. Foley said that the board will decide on a course of action as a governing body.

Mr. Foley said there are many things to discuss including whether there were any other individuals who presented themselves during the search that the board can agree upon and be willing to consider.

Mr. Foley said subsequent, procedural steps will happen in regular open session after spring recess.  Discussion will center on things such as the process of entering contract negotiations with another candidate and what that would look like or if the board will conduct another search.  Some things the board will have to consider with a new search is timing.  When would a new search begin? After the election?  After July 1?  Should the board postpone things for a while and reopen the search a year from now?  Or a predetermined period of time that the board decides upon?

The board would have to discuss if the search will be open or closed.  What are the advantages and disadvantages?  What type of process best serves the interest of the children and residents of Schenectady? Who will conduct the search?

The discussion will take place in open session, just as it did with the search that was completed.  The discussion will happen after spring recess when the board convenes in regular session.

We will continue to share updates. 

March 26, 2021 Update

The Schenectady City School District Board of Education regrets to announce that it was not successful in reaching a mutual contract agreement with the candidate for superintendent.  

Board of Education President John Foley said that the board will meet on Wednesday, March 31 to discuss next steps.  

No further information is available at this time. 

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