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Peekskill Asks Staff for Input in Principal Search

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – With current Peekskill High School Principal Sheryl Lazarus stepping down at the end of the year, the city school district is looking to school faculty and staff to help pick her replacement.

The PeekskillCitySchool District has posted a survey on the front page of its website that school employees can fill out electronically. The survey is being overseen by the group Capital Area Development Association (CASDA), which is supervising the principal search process for the district.

The brief anonymous survey is expected to take between three to five minutes to complete and the results will be used to screen applicants, pose interview questions and ultimately guide the selection of the successful candidate, according to district officials.

Lazarus was hired for the 2010-11 school year under former superintendent Judith Johnson following a long search by the district. The Peekskill Board of Education accepted her resignation effective at the end of the school year at its March 20 meeting.

The personnel change comes on the heels of a study conducted by a Joint Intervention Team (JIT) for the district that found organization and leadership to be lacking in the school. Lazarus gave no reason for resignation, according to Superintendent of Schools James Willis, who declined to comment further on possible reasons for her leaving.

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