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Irvington To Hear Superintendent Profile On Wed.

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – The search for a new Irvington superintendent will begin Wednesday night after consultants will present a “leadership profile” to school board members.

Search consultants Hazard, Young Attea and Associates have been conducting interviews with school officials and community members a few weeks ago, compiling a report of desired characteristics for the new superintendent. They also received 273 responses to an online community survey.

School board members will hear that report and vote to commence the superintendent search at a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Presentation Room at Irvington High School. School board members will also be meeting in executive session prior to the meeting to discuss matters “leading to the appointment of a particular person.”

The new superintendent will replace interim superintendent Robert Roelle and assume the position in July 2012.

Public opinion at a series of three public forums for parents and other community members had residents wanting a strong superintendent with vision.

Parents told consultants they wanted a superintendent who could supervise how educational standards were implemented. They also said they wanted a superintendent who would be “the ultimate advocate for education.”

They also said they wanted a superintendent who would help challenge higher achieving kids. Ellen Weissman noted that the district served many kids well, but it could do more for the kids who need to be challenged.

“The bar just isn't set high enough,” Weissman said.

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