Superintendent
Nyack Public Schools
Nyack, NY

The Nyack Public Schools, a top-rated public school system located along the banks of the Hudson River in Rockland County, is seeking a Superintendent of Schools upon the retirement of Dr. James Montesano, who is completing his 10th year as superintendent in the district. The district is distinguished by “charming downtown shops and restaurants, small communities with local business owners, vibrant venues for music, visual and performing arts, picturesque park lands and hiking trails, a variety of housing options, and easy access to major transportation leading to a host of academic and cultural resources.”

Proximal to NYC, the district encompasses eight square miles that include Central Nyack, Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Grandview, Upper Nyack, and Valley Cottage. Nyack’s “blend of races, cultures, religions, and socio-economic groups form a population mix that is both a genuine source of pride and a valuable educational resource.” The district is comprised of three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school with a student population of approximately 2,875. Nyack Public Schools is committed to “Building Bridges for today’s students to cross into tomorrow’s world with Equity, Innovation and Optimism.”

The Board of Education is seeking a leader who can extend successful programs and identify the path and means to greater opportunities for all Nyack students.

We are writing to bring this unique leadership opportunity to your attention – for your own interest and/or for others you may wish to nominate. For more information, please visit https://www.nyackschools.org/.

Among the many hallmarks of the Nyack Public Schools recently cited by staff, students, and residents are:

  • A charming and vibrant village on the Hudson
  • An aesthetically beautiful place to live, learn, and work A “healthy” community with pride in itself A community with strong support for the arts
  • A community that strives for social justice
  • A community rich with cultural and economic diversity
  • A community that works well together
  • A district with a deep sense of school-community connectedness
  • A community that provides good resources for the schools A district that makes good use of community resources, particularly in the visual and performing arts
    Strong school spirit
  • Great students, staff, and community: “Well-rounded students are the best part of the district”
  • The district has enjoyed stable leadership

Some of the major leadership challenges for the new superintendent, also cited by staff, students, and residents, are: 

  • Planning for a growing and changing student population
  • Addressing diverse student needs while recognizing existing forms of segregation
  • Navigating the needs of many disparate interests and how to best make connections
  • Understanding and embracing the culture of the district and its holistic issues related to equity
  • Sustaining the work and strategic priorities of the Nyack’s Equity Initiative
  • Aligning district office leadership to enhance effectiveness, transparency, communication, trust, operational efficiency, accountability, responsiveness, and relationships with faculty and leadership in schools
  • Continuing the curricular and instructional leadership of the current superintendent and expanding that to other central office leaders
  • Taking programs to the next level in the context of fiscal challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Addressing the likely fiscal impact on State Aid and Local Taxes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Addressing with the community the possible program and fiscal implications of a private school utilizing the Nyack College property
  • Planning effectively for post-COVID programs and services

Following significant staff and community engagement, the Nyack Public Schools Board of Education has approved the following specifications for its search for a new Superintendent.

The successful candidate will be:

  • An experienced, collaborative and engaged educator with demonstrated leadership success in a diverse and high expectation school district with emphasis on the leadership skills related to finance, curriculum and instruction, instructional technology, and systems management;
  • An equity-focused leader who embraces a culturally-responsive educational system and has demonstrated success leading such initiatives;
  • A visible and approachable listener and communicator who thrives on engaging with the school community, is able to work effectively with a wide variety of constituents, and is responsive to requests for information and dialogue;
  • A dynamic, empathetic, and transparent decision maker, with proven leadership experience, preferably at multiple levels, who excels at mentoring, developing, assessing, and fully utilizing the talents of staff and faculty;
  • A forward-thinking and courageous leader who will be accountable for the results of their work and effectively hold others to a high-performance standard while adeptly utilizing an inclusive approach to build consensus for a vision of how to extend successful programs while also identifying the path and means to greater opportunities for all Nyack students.

The Board of Education is offering a regionally-competitive compensation package. New York State certification as School District Leader or School District Administrator is required for appointment. Applications must be submitted online at www.leadschools.us by February 10, 2021 (click on “CURRENT SEARCHES”). In addition to completing the basic application, candidates are asked to upload a cover letter describing how they meet the above criteria, together with their current resume. ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED IN THE STRICTEST OF CONFIDENCE.

FOR SCHOOL LEADERSHIP, LLC,
Dr. Charles Fowler (leadschools@aol.com)
Dr. LaRuth Gray (laruth.gray@nyu.edu)
Dr. Kenneth Mitchell (Kenneth.mitchell@mville.edu)
Susan Elion Wollin (susan.elion.wollin@gmail.com)