Ossining Schools Chief Search Gets Under Way This Week

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The Ossining School District will conduct public meetings this week to find a replacement for retiring Superintendent of Schools Phyllis Glassman, pictured, who announced earlier this year that she will retire in January
The Ossining School District will conduct public meetings this week to find a replacement for retiring Superintendent of Schools Phyllis Glassman, pictured, who announced earlier this year that she will retire in January Photo Credit: The Ossining Daily Voice File Photo

OSSINING, N.Y. – The Ossining School District is hoping to hear from the public Tuesday night as its search for a new superintendent begins.

The district has scheduled four public meetings this week with Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES consultants at Roosevelt School, 190 Croton Ave, to get input from the public on the superintendent search. The four meetings are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, and at 10 a.m., Saturday, in English and at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, and 11:30 a.m., Saturday, in Spanish.

Superintendent of Schools Phyllis Glassman announced earlier this year that she plans to retire in mid-January, capping a career of more than 20 years with the schodol District. 

When she steps down, Glassman will have served as Ossining schools superintendent for six years. She took over in 2007, replacing former superintendent Robert Roelle. Before that, Glassman served in a variety of roles in the district, including assistant superintendent of instruction and deputy superintendent. The Ossining Board of Education will appoint deputy superintendent Ray Sanchez as the interim superintendent once Glassman retires.

While no board members will be present for the community meetings this week, Board President Bill Kress said these first meetings would begin a very important process.

“We want people to tell us what characteristics they’re looking for in our next superintendent," Kress said Monday. "We’re going to take their input, along with the input from our faculty and staff in the district and put all of those suggestions together and find the right person to lead the district in the future."

Kress added that he was optimistic that the new superintendent would be hired by March.

“In a perfect world we would have someone in February but they wouldn’t start before July,” Kress said. “We’re not going to settle just to get somebody in that time. We’re going to find the person we think is best suited to do the job.”

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Mathematics distinguishes maximal from maximum. A maximal element is one having no greater element. A maximum element is greater than every other element.There probably are many qualified candidates who are maximal;. A maximum candidate, the very best, is unlikely to exist.

Doctors and dentists illustrate my point. People like Mayor Koch believe their cardiologist is the best there is. But a study by the AMA concluded that board certified doctors are indistinguishable as to quality.

So - don't overwork in the search. Deep consideration is likely to do more harm than good. The high quality of our Ossining schools comes from the interactions of students, teachers, and supporting staff. Education in Ossining is not a one man band,.