Elmsford School Superintendent Announces Retirement

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Barbara Peters, who has served as the Elmsford School District's superintendent since 2008, will retire at the end of the academic year.
Barbara Peters, who has served as the Elmsford School District's superintendent since 2008, will retire at the end of the academic year. Photo Credit: File

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — Elmsford School District Superintendent Barbara Peters announced she will retire at the end of the academic year after five years with the district.

Peters, who has served as the school district's superintendent since 2008, will leave the position on June 30. In a letter to the school community, Peters said that, while it was not an easy decision for her to end her time as superintendent, she believes "it is the right choice to make."

"I am leaving the district with an outstanding administrative team, an outstanding and effective teaching staff, sound academic plans for the future and a solid financial outlook, being one of the few districts in New York State that is debt free," Peters wrote.

Peters was formerly the superintendent of the Tonawanda School District in upstate New York before moving to Elmsford for the position in 2008. Her accomplishments include increasing Elmsford's graduation rate and a significant increase in student attendance, officials said.

Elmsford Board of Education President Matthew Evans said in a community letter that Peters' dedication has made Elmsford a better school district.

"Our school district has benefited greatly from her almost 40 years in education, where she has been committed to advancing educational opportunity and providing the best scenario and environment for all students to succeed," Evans wrote.

The Elmsford Board of Education is now looking to both a search firm and the school community for aid in filling the position.  The search firm, which specializes in locating and selecting superintendents, will serve as an adviser to board members and assist with search logistics, according to Evans' letter.

A community forum will also be held in the coming weeks to assess the challenges, strengths and goals for the district. The search firm will then select candidates based upon the skills and attributes desired by the community for the next school leader, Evans added.

"The Board is committed to communicating with the public frequently throughout this process," he wrote. "A page on our district website will soon be created dedicated to the superintendent search where all pertinent information will be available."

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The school board is about to embark on their most important role as an elected body. Selecting the next Superintendent of Schools, which is the Chief Administrative Officer for the school district and its $30million budget, can make or break this District.

The Elmsford School District has the existing financial resources to offer a competitive salary as the best Districts in Westchester County and we should not be afraid to recruit the most seasoned, experienced, innovative sitting Superintendent we can find. In addition, with the salary cap imposed on Superintendent’s in New Jersey there is no doubt going to be an excess of applicants, which are current Superintendents in New Jersey seeking the New York salaries, this will increase our pool of applicants.

This is not the time to hire anyone but the best, no rookies, no overqualified but underachievers. We need someone who is hands on, understands the dilemma of the Elmsford school district but can see the potential of this school district and turn it into a desired and sought after educational system.

Their employment contract should be competitive but if housing allowance is offered, it should be with the stipulation that the Superintendent lives in the Elmsford School District. In addition, progressive incentives should be built into the new contract so there is a reward for better performance as determined by the School Board, and, decreases for bad years. Time to shake things up.

Just how much of a pension will Ms Peters get after only serving the school district for five years ??