School board begins information process of hiring interim superintendent

— The Skaneateles CSD Board of Education has begun the process for finding an interim district superintendent by consulting with the head of the regional BOCES to learn how and when to start the transition.

The need for an interim superintendent is due to the May 4 resignation of current Superintendent Phil D’Angelo, who has accepted a position in the Wantagh Union Free School District on Long Island, and will leave Skaneateles effective June 30. The school board officially accepted D’Angelo’s resignation at the May 15 meeting.

Board President Evan Dreyfuss previously said the BOE would most likely hire an interim superintendent to lead the district while the search D’Angelo’s permanent successor was underway.

“You’re at a very early stage,” Bill Speck, district superintendent of Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, told the BOE at its May 15 meeting. “The main thing is to take this on your terms; move slowly; move deliberately. This is not a panic time.”

Speck, who said he currently has three other districts within the BOCES system transitioning to a new superintendent, attended the Skaneateles BOE meeting at Dreyfuss’ request to inform the board and answer questions on how to move forward in its upcoming process.

Speck listed a number of issues he said the board should start considering, beginning with the duration of time they intend the interim superintendent to stay on, whether a matter of months or a full year. That issue alone will “have an impact” on which people will be interested in the job, Speck said.

“Some people have already contacted me [about the position], but they are all asking about the duration of the interim,” Speck told the board.

The board also needs to decide on the salary range they intend to offer the interim, the number of candidates they will consider interviewing, the procedures for the interview process and who will be the point person in the district to coordinate with the BOCES offices, Speck said.

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