Superintendent Search FAQs

Is the Board of Education conducting the superintendent search on its own?

No, the GASD board is working with HFM BOCES District Superintendent David Ziskin, who is serving as a consultant during the search process.

What is BOCES role during the search process?

As part of their statutory duties, BOCES district superintendents may be asked by component school boards to act as consultants during superintendent searches. Dr. Ziskin will work with the board to create recruitment material and assist with the development of selection criteria and a process for interviews.

When will the search begin?

BOCES will begin advertising the position in early January with interviews expected to begin in March. In addition to interviewing with the GASD Board of Education, candidates will also interview with a committee of district stakeholders appointed by the board from the schools and community.

Once a candidate is chosen, they will be vetted through a process led by BOCES before a formal offer is made. The GASD Board expects that the new superintendent will be appointed in the spring with a start date in July.    

Are there opportunities for public input?

Yes. With support from HFM BOCES, the district released a community survey through their website and School Messenger system. The survey will remain open from Nov. 4 to Dec. 14.  Community members have been asked to give input on the following questions:

  • What are the strengths of the Greater Amsterdam School District?
  • What needs to be improved?
  • What characteristics and personal attributes should the new superintendent have?
  • What will the new superintendent need to work on first?
  • Do you have any additional thoughts or comments?