May 3, 2019
Search consultants Dr. Thomas Ramming and Dr. Teresa Lawrence recently provided the Poughkeepsie City School District Board of Education with a summary of the feedback stakeholders provided in the input survey and Focus Group sessions. The information we received will continue to help inform the Board in our Superintendent Search decision-making process.
Over the course of four weeks, exactly 150 representatives from various stakeholder groups completed the input survey that was made available online and in hardcopy, both in English and Spanish. On April 1st and 2nd, approximately 127 stakeholders participated in focus group input sessions.
In terms of the desired qualities, the feedback from stakeholders revealed that the next Superintendent must be a leader who possesses strong moral character, is committed to the District and community, and has successful experience developing systems, demanding accountability and achieving positive organizational outcomes.
Collectively, stakeholder identified the following as challenges for the next Superintendent:
Improving student performance and all related supports (program and people)
Creating a solid financial foundation
Addressing the conditions of facilities
Building strong relationships and partnerships
Overwhelmingly, stakeholders view the development of student potential and the ability to serve as a change agent as the two main opportunities on which the next Superintendent might capitalize for “right coursing” the District.
This information was incorporated in the notice of vacancy brochure which can be accessed here:
Thank you for all your input! Please continue to check back here for updates.
Dr. Felicia Watson
April 9, 2019
Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Search Firm consultants Dr. Teresa Lawrence and Dr. Tom Ramming of Western New York Educational Service Council, met with 12 Superintendent Search Focus Groups over two days, April 1 -2, 2019 to solicit input on the following three items:
1. The desired traits, characteristics and behaviors of the next superintendent.
2. The challenges the new superintendent will face.
3. The opportunities the new superintendent can leverage or maximize.
Feedback gathered from community leaders, business owners, legislators, advocates, district staff, families and students, together with results from the online survey, will optimally inform the Board of the community’s interests and expectations.
March 18, 2019
On Tuesday, March 12, 2019 the Board met with consultants Dr. Thomas Ramming and Dr. Teresa Lawrence to map out the search timeline for the Superintendent of the Poughkeepsie City School District. The Board is pleased to provide the community with this update.
One of the few explicit responsibilities of a Board of Education is the selection of the Superintendent. This Board takes that responsibility very seriously. We feel it is very important to obtain community input about the desired characteristics of the next superintendent and the challenges and opportunities that he or she will encounter.
To that end, an online survey has been posted and we strongly encourage stakeholders to respond and provide their input. The survey, which will be available until April 5, 2019, can be found here:
Survey in Spanish: Superintendent Search Survey
Hard copies of the survey are available in each school building (see locations below) and at the Jane Bolin Central Administration Building, 11 College Avenue.
Morse Elementary School, 101 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Warring Elementary School, 283 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Clinton Elementary School, 100 Montgomery St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Krieger School, 265 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Early Learning Center, 372 Church St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Poughkeepsie Middle School, 55 College Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Poughkeepsie High School, 70 Forbus St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Poughkeepsie's Academic and Career Excellence (PACE), 18 South Perry Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
The consultants will be meeting with representatives from various school and community groups on April 1 and 2 including:
Student Government Representatives (Grades 4-12)
Poughkeepsie Public School Teachers' Association (PPSTA)
Poughkeepsie Public School Administrators Association (PPSAA)
Poughkeepsie Public Schools Paraprofessionals Association (PPSPA)
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)
Poughkeepsie Public School Office Personnel Association (PPSOPA)
Non-Union/Non-Aligned District Employees
Parents & PTA Members (two sessions – one in English and one in Spanish)
Identified Community Members At-Large (Education, Political, Religious, Business Leaders and Advocates)
There will be an open forum to which all are invited on April 1, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Poughkeepsie High School small cafeteria.
The Board has carefully weighed the option of conducting an open vs. a closed search. With an open search, the finalists are typically interviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the community, parents, students, and staff. In a closed search, the Board seeks public input with regard to the characteristics and qualifications for the next Superintendent of Schools, while maintaining the confidentiality of the candidates.
The Board wants to ensure that the search draws a very strong field of highly qualified and successful candidates. It understands that confidentiality is critically important to individuals who are well regarded in their current positions and, for their own job security, need to keep their candidacy confidential. Therefore, after thoughtfully and carefully deliberating the issue, the Board unanimously decided to conduct a closed search. As such, it is imperative that stakeholders provide their input through the survey and/or by sharing their views with their representatives who will be meeting with the consultants. We welcome everyone to the open forum.
Our goal is to appoint a new superintendent at a Special Meeting on June 27, 2019 with a start date of August 1, 2019. Please check back here for ongoing updates. If I can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 914-456-5085.
Dr. Felicia Watson
The most important decision that a board of education has to make is the selection of its superintendent of schools. While, by board policy, it is our responsibility to conduct the entire superintendent selection process, best practices show that it is exponentially best to engage the services of professional consultants to assist during the search process.
The Board of Education of the City School District of the City of Poughkeepsie (official name) is pleased to announce that at its February 25, 2019 board meeting, consultants Dr. Thomas Ramming and Dr. Teresa Lawrence, of the renowned Western New York Educational Service Council, were appointed to assist the Board in its search for the next superintendent of this great school district.
Please refer back to this page for updates on this important and exciting process.
Dr. Felicia Watson, President
Board of Education