He added that the board has a responsibility to the community to make sure the best possible candidate is hired. “The easy thing for us to do would be to just quickly identify someone and hire them,” Belmont said, “but that wouldn’t be the right thing to do for the district, and it wouldn’t be the right thing to do for the candidate. No one wants the job because they were the easy choice, or the safe choice, or the quick choice, they want the job because they were the best choice.”
In the coming weeks, advertisements will be placed in educational journals and websites. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 21, 2013. The board will begin vetting and interviewing candidates in early February and expects to appoint the new superintendent sometime in March 2013.
“The proper way to identify the best superintendent for the district is to utilize a search process that allows us to consider, interview and evaluate all viable candidates,” Belmont said.
To view a copy of the report that was presented by School Leadership, visit www.lynbrook.k12.ny.us.
School calendar revisions
Also at the Nov. 20 meeting, Burak announced some changes to the school calendar in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Classes will now be held on Feb. 19-22, 2013, which were previously part of the winter recess. Also, spring recess dates of March 25 and April 1 have been designated as snow day makeup days. Should one snow day be necessary, classes will be held on March 25. Should a second snow day be necessary, classes will be held on April 1. In addition, the superintendent’s conference day that was scheduled for April 29 will now be a regular day of classes for students and teachers.
Burak added that there could be heavy snowfall this winter, which may cause further changes to the schedule down the road.