GREENBURGH, N.Y. – After whittling a field of more than 30 superintendent candidates down to a final three, the Greenburgh school board is nearly ready to make a decision.
The board will begin deliberating Friday and is hoping to have a superintendent selected by the end of this week, said Terry Williams, president of the Greenburgh Central School District 7 Board of Education.
“The goal is Friday,” Williams said Tuesday. “But we will deliberate until we get a decision.”
The school district is searching for its first permanent superintendent since the end of 2011, when Ronald Smalls retired.
In the final part of the process, the Board of Education will host a series of meet-and-greet events for three straight nights, beginning Wednesday. Williams will moderate the events.
First up will be Woodlands High School Principal Ronald Ross, who was appointed interim superintendent in January. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., Ross will field questions from the community in the high school cafeteria.
He will be followed Thursday by Anthony Cavanna, the superintendent in West Orange, N.J. Robert Copeland, a superintendent in Piscataway, N.J., will wrap up the sessions Friday.
At Tuesday’s Board of Education work session, a few parents questioned what they called a rushed selection process.
Amy Huang said the board had not given the community ample time to weigh in on the search. “Some districts take 18 months, and yet you’re trying to clamp everything into three days,” she said.
The community had plenty of time to weigh in, and few residents turned out when they were given the opportunity, board member Lloyd Newland said. Information has been available online, he said, and only two or three residents came to the information sessions around Greenburgh.
“We tried our best to reach out to the community,” he said. “I don’t know what more we can do to get the word across.”
The timeline of Greenburgh’s search — which Williams characterized as lasting months — was comparable to many other districts, he said. And ultimately, the decision is up to the Board of Education, he said.
“You all voted us here to do this job,” Williams said. “Let us do our job.”