TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – Following an extensive search for a new superintendent since November, the Tuckahoe School District announced that none of the candidates were a good fit for the position.
The Board of Education, with the aid of the Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (SWBOCES), current Superintendent Edward Reilly and Director of Finance Bruce Watkins, began recruiting candidates on Nov. 7, narrowing the field to a dozen last month.
With none of the current candidates fitting the bill, Board President Julio Urbina has contacted other search firms with the hopes of finding a suitable superintendent. The Board of Education issued a notice to parents alerting them of the decision to continue the search.
“After careful consideration, the Board of Education has determined that the superintendent candidates presented by SWBOCES would not be a good fit for the district,” it said. "(We) are contacting other search firms in hopes of tapping into a well-qualified pool of candidates who would pose the characteristics necessary to succeed as superintendent.”
Because the district is a part of SWBOCES, it was not charged for the initial search outside of expenses for the candidates during the process. It is expected to cost the school district between $20,000 and $30,000 to hire a new search firm.
In the last two weeks, two finalists were presented to various Tuckahoe Educational stakeholder groups for their approval. A finalist was set to be chosen by March 8, with a formal appointment at the March 11 Board of Education meeting.
More information regarding the continued search will be available at the budget workshop on March 4 and at the Board of Education meeting at 7:30 p.m. on March 11 at the Tuckahoe High School library.