SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – The Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns officially hired White Plains Superintendent Christopher Clouet Thursday evening.
After several interviews, the Board of Education “decided that Dr. Clouet was the perfect fit for our district,” Vice President Mimi Godwin said. “We took into consideration all the focus groups that we conducted. We took into consideration all the surveys that you returned to us. We feel that this candidate will be the superintendent that you were asking for.”
The board voted unanimously to approve a four-year contract with Clouet beginning July 1. Clouet's salary for his first year will be $253,000, according to his contract.
Clouet will replace Superintendent Howard Smith. Smith is retiring in June after 11 years in the district.
“The board began the process last fall and was very particular and careful to make sure that we looked at every possible candidate that was available to us,” School Board President B. Joseph Lillis said.
Lillis said Clouet's experiences, background and educational leadership were deciding factors in the search.
Clouet earned a doctorate in educational administration from the Teachers College at Columbia University, a master's degree in international studies from Brown University, a master's degree in corporate and political communication from Fairfield University and an undergraduate degree in sociology from Southern Connecticut State University.
Clouet previously served as superintendent in New London, Conn., as well as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, director of resources and learning technology, curriculum coordinator, assistant principal and principal.
He is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and Portuguese.