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Chappaqua Principal Search in Full Swing

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - More than a month after publicly listing the principal vacancies at Horace Greeley High School and Roaring Brook Elementary School, Superintendent Lyn McKay told the board Tuesday that the district has received applications from many candidates.

"We've had well over a 100 applicants for both," said McKay. Applicants have included counselors, teachers, special education directors, assistant principals and a few sitting principals at other schools.

McKay said she was most surprised with how many applicants have applied to both positions.

To find qualified candidates, the district performed a nationwide search, placing advertisements in the New York Times, Education Week and other publications. The district will stop accepting applications Thursday.

In order to make the search a true community process, Roaring Brook and Horace Greeley PTA's have been creating interview committees. The committees will personally meet with the candidates when the list becomes narrowed down to about eight or 10.

"We're beginning to learn who the teachers are going to be on the committees," said McKay. "We have support staff represented in each school." 

After meeting with the candidates, the committees will be responsible for narrowing down the list even further to three or four. Each finalist will then have the opportunity to familiarize themselves even further with the community and meet with parents, administrators and students.

McKay hopes to bring a recommendation before the board by the end of February or the beginning of March. 

"If we have to, we'll open up the search again or we'll consider an interim," she said. "But we absolutely will not settle."

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