Search Firm To Find New Superintendent

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The Manhasset Board of Education has selected Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to assist the board in its search for a replacement for Superintendent Charlie Cardillo, who announced his retirement effective June 30, 2017.

HYA was chosen by the board because of their experience and proven success in identifying strong leaders with the appropriate fit for districts such as Manhasset. The board voted unanimously to appoint HYA at its Nov. 16 meeting.

“Charlie Cardillo leaves very big shoes to fill. With their extensive capability, both nationwide and regionally, we feel HYA’s team of Debbie Raizes and Bob Roelle have the requisite knowledge, experience and flexibility to assist the board in all facets of the search process and to help us attract the most qualified pool of candidates,” said Regina Rule, president of the board of education. “The board’s most important job is hiring the superintendent, and Bob’s 20 years of experience as a Westchester County superintendent and Debbie’s experience both as an educator and a Westchester board member will serve Manhasset well in our search.”

Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and continuing on Monday, Dec. 5, through Wednesday, Dec. 7, Debbie and Bob will conduct focus groups and hold two open community forums. This important part of the search process will give parents, faculty, administrators and community members the opportunity to provide their invaluable input in ascertaining the qualities, characteristics and expertise the community feels are essential in Manhasset’s next superintendent.

Community members are encouraged to attend one of the two open forums: Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the middle school library and Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m. in the high school library conference room. For those who are not able to attend a forum, an online survey will be available on the district’s website from Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Friday, Dec. 9, to provide all members of the community opportunity for input on this most important decision.

HYA will develop a “Leadership Profile Report” based upon its discussions with the community and the results of the online survey. It is anticipated that HYA will present this report to the board at its regularly scheduled public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. in the middle school library.

“Our community places a high value on public education,” Vice President Ann Marie Curd said. “We hope to conduct this search expeditiously and efficiently and the community will play a critical role during the selection process in helping us find the right leader to continue the tradition of excellence advanced during Mr. Cardillo’s tenure.”

The board anticipates completing the search in time to hire a new superintendent to begin July 1, 2017.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.

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