Superintendent Search Gets Down To Final Four Candidates

NORTHPORT-EAST NORTHPORT, New York, Feb. 12

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

After a nearly five-month search, Northport-East Northport School District officials have narrowed down the candidates vying to fill former Superintendent Marylou McDermott’s position to just four people.

According to a release posted on the district’s website, starting Tuesday, the board of education will begin the first round of interviews with the four finalists at the district’s central administrative offices at 158 Laurel Ave. in Northport.

“We are moving forward exactly in line with the process that was first established by our consultant group,” Julia Binger, school board president, said in the release.

That consultant group was established by district officials with the sole purpose of searching for McDermott’s successor. The group consists of Ellen Best-Laimit, former Babylon superintendent and interim principal in the Elwood School District; Peter Scordo, Elwood superintendent; James Ruck, former Sachem superintendent; and Joe Dragone, former assistant superintendent for Roslyn.

“We are delighted with the progress to date,” Binger added. “In recent days the board has spent a great deal of time preparing for the interviews by learning more about each finalist candidate, synthesizing the data from the community input processes, and creating questions that will spark informative dialogues with each of these worthy professionals.”

Beth Nystrom, district clerk, said the names of these candidates would not be released to the public. The release, however, confirms that three of the candidates are currently central office administrators and that one is a building level administrator.

Over the next several weeks, board members expect to host several rounds of interviews with the candidates. Although the interviews will be advertised as “meetings,” they will not be open to the public.

A hire is expected to be made in April. Interim Superintendent Thomas Caramore signed a contract prior to McDermott’s early resignation that keeps him locked in as the district’s leader until June 30.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015;  A3)

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