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District Hiring Firm for Principal Search

At the same time, the district is conducting the search for a guidance director in-house.

The Katonah Lewisboro school district is considering two firms to oversee the hiring of a new John Jay High School principal with the goal of hiring one later this month and selecting a candidate by early spring.

The timeline is aggressive and should yield more and better candidates than last year’s process, according to Paul Kreutzer, superintendent of schools.

“We never had a prime season [for interviewing candidates] last year when we started in January,” he said.

The new principal will fill the position left by Ellen Doherty, who stepped down last April. In addition, the district is seeking a new guidance director to replace Christopher Griffin, who resigned over the summer.

Scott Persampieri, assistant superintendent for human resources, said the firm would meet with the district and stakeholder groups “get a sense of our vision” for a principal.

Board member Stephanie Tobin asked if the individuals would be the same people who participated in last year’s search.

“I’m not sure who you used last year,” he said, “but we will involve parents, teachers, staff at the high school and certainly students will be an important part of the process.”

Kreutzer added that the final candidate “will have seen us and people in the community several times.”

 Persampieri said that the search for a new guidance director will follow a similar process but will be conducted by district administrators. “Just like our search for a principal, we want to fill [the job] in an aggressive timeline,” he said.

Michael Spellman November 05, 2012 at 09:32 PM
How many Assistant Superintendents are there in KLS?
Lisa Buchman (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Hi Michael, there are three: Alice Cronin, assistant superintendent for instruction; Michael Jumper, assistant superintendent for business, and Scott Persampiere, mentioned here. Here's a complete list of the district administration: http://www.klschooldistrict.org/district/administration
pauline schneider January 10, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Why can't they hire from within the district? We have (had) phenomenal talent. Seems a shame to waste more of our tax dollars hunting for what we already have right under our noses; people who love our kids, have been in our community for years, and who we feel comfortable with and trust. Something to think about...

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