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.”