CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Let the search for Horace Greeley High School’s new principal begin. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Board of Education unanimously voted to approve Superintendent Lyn McKay’s recommendation to promote current principal Andrew Selesnick to assistant superintendent for leadership development and human resources effective July 1, 2012.
“I really am grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given by the Chappaqua School District for 20 years. It truly is a privilege to work in this district that values public education the way our’s does,” said Selesnick. “We want the best here and we don’t accept less than that.”
Selesnick will be taking over a position that was left vacant following the death Tom Cardellichio in April. The position has since been filled on interim basis by Paul Citarella.
In his new position, Selesnick's responsibilities will include: labor management meetings, negotiations, APPR evaluation process for teachers and administrators, oversight of the human resources office, implementation of leadership professional development, and compliance with state and federal requirements.
In a pre-emptive response to why McKay selected Selesnick to fill the role instead of looking to hire from outside the district, she said that continuity and knowledge of the school district is crucial for the position.
“Andrew knows and brings a sense of continuity to our work because he knows our administrators and our teachers and our program, and he’s going to push us forward,” said McKay. “He has a deep understanding and appreciation for our community.”
In total, Selesnick has spent 20 years at Greeley. Along with serving as the school’s principal for nine years, he has also worked as an English teacher, department chair and assistant principal. Selesnick also holds a B.A. in English and M.A. in teaching from Tufts University.
“I came here 20 years ago feeling quite young, but feeling that I’ve really been schooled in that time to value what this community values,” said Selesnick. “Now, the challenges are unique. They’re perhaps greater in some ways than we’ve faced in the past, and for me to have the opportunity to continue helping this district to maintain the things that have always made a terrific school system, and also kind of move us forward in new ways is, again, something that I’m grateful for.”
Following the board’s approval of Selesnick, the district will now begin an extensive search for Selesnick’s replacement as principal of Greeley. McKay and the rest of the interview committee will begin the process in mid-December and hope to bring a recommendation before the board by the end of February or the beginning of March.