New superintendent search

Superintendent search has begun

Southern Westchester BOCES District Superintendent Harold Coles will assist the Port Chester Public Schools in its search for a new superintendent following the announcement by Dr. Edward Kliszus that he will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Dr. Coles has already hosted several stakeholder meetings with community members, school faculty and students. On Nov. 10 he hosted a virtual stakeholders meeting to share information about the search process and to hear more from the community.

A superintendent serves as an employee of the local school board, Dr. Coles explained.

“It is one of the most important roles of the Board of Education,” he said of hiring a superintendent.

Stakeholder meetings provide input for BOCES that will then be presented to the school board.

“The feedback helps the board with what they are looking for in a new superintendent of schools,” Dr. Coles said, adding the information will also be used to create a flyer seeking candidates that will be shared widely before the winter break. Superintendent candidates will have until mid-January to submit applications, references and copies of their certifications. Interviews will begin in late January and candidates will be introduced to the board likely in February.

Dr. Coles and his BOCES team will screen candidates using a metric based on what the school board is looking for in a new superintendent.

“We will present to the board the candidates who we thought best represent the qualities and characteristics shared with us,” Dr. Coles said.

Candidates will have an opportunity to meet with stakeholders before the board makes its choice. The successful candidate will start their role in the district on July 1, 2021.

Other than hosting virtual meetings due to COVID-19, Dr. Coles said the hiring process is the same as it has been in previous years

The community is welcome to participate in a search survey. The deadline to complete the anonymous survey is Nov. 16. More information, and a link to the survey, can be found here.

“I think this information is important to have to give us a picture of what the candidate can have coming into the district,” Dr. Coles said.