The Board of Education is seeking an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and experienced educational leader who is committed to maintaining and encouraging a climate of excellence for students, faculty, and the community. Among the exemplary personal and professional qualities the candidate should possess are the following:
Educational leadership, vision for the future, the ability to think inventively, and commitment to the continuous development and implementation of well-planned and evaluated academic programs.
Demonstrated management ability.
Skilled in the application of financial procedures, education law, school management operations and planning procedures, negotiations, educational technology, and capital projects.
Strong human relations and leadership skills to interact effectively with students, school staff, Board members, community members, and the media.
Strong effective communication and presentation skills.
Commitment to be a public advocate for the children of the District.
Knowledge of, and active involvement in, evaluating procedures, including staff development, staff evaluation, curriculum development, and all discipline areas.
Problem-solving skills in both individual and group settings.
Desire to become an integral part of the Saugerties community, including having a highly visible profile and becoming an active participant in community-related groups and activities. Residence in the surrounding area is encouraged.
Active involvement in the total educational program, recognizing the unique school-community relationship that exists in a community such as Saugerties.
Ability to implement the Next Generation Learning Standards, as well as innovative programs and curricula for a diverse approach to learning.
Hold or be eligible for New York State School District Administrator certification.
Minimum of three years’ experience as a Central Office Administrator (Superintendent experience is preferred).
Announcement of Vacancy
The Board of Education of the Saugerties Central School District is pleased to invite candidates to submit applications for the position of Superintendent of Schools.
The Saugerties Board is being assisted in the search process by Dr. Jonah M. Schenker, District Superintendent of Ulster BOCES, the Sole Supervisory District of Ulster County. The Board will make all decisions concerning the selection process, the evaluation of candidates, and the final appointment.
College and university placement offices, state and national officials, and practicing Superintendents of Schools are invited to nominate qualified candidates for this position. Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, an application form, and their professional credentials to the website below.
To be given full consideration, all application materials should be on file by May 9, 2023. Dr. Schenker and the Saugerties Board will begin to review application folders upon receipt.
Please do not contact members of the Saugerties Central School District Board of Education or its administrators for information. All inquiries should be directed via email to Dr. Jonah Schenker at email@example.com. Please use Saugerties Search in the subject field.
Letters of interest, résumés, completed application forms, and professional credentials should be submitted online at www.ulsterboces.org/careers by following the link to the Saugerties Superintendent Search.
All communications will be handled through the Office of the Ulster BOCES District Superintendent. Following the initial screening, selected candidates will be invited to meet with the Saugerties Central School District Board of Education. Visitations to home districts of the final candidate(s) may be conducted to gather further information on performance, working relationships, and leadership style.
May 16, 2023 To be given full consideration, all application materials should be on file by the initial deadline of May 16, although we will accept applications until a candidate is found. Dr. Schenker and the Saugerties Board of Education will begin to review application folders upon receipt.
June 13, 2023 Anticipated start of interviewing.
July 1-11, 2023 Final Interviews are anticipated.
July 12, 2023 The Board hopes to offer the successful candidate the position by July 12, with the hope they can assume duties within 60 days of appointment.
The Area & Community: The Saugerties Central School District is located approximately 100 miles north of New York City on the west bank of the Hudson River. The District, with a population around 19,000, is comprised of the Town of Saugerties and parts of the Towns of Woodstock and Ulster. It is a rural/suburban area with many of its residents employed in the Poughkeepsie-Kingston corridor. Saugerties, off of Exit 20 of the New York State Thruway, is a thriving community with easy access to the surrounding Hudson Valley and its many educational, cultural, recreational, and economic and business opportunities.
Our District: The District believes that community involvement is a critical element in the success of our students. Whether they are participating in the local blood drive, volunteering at a firehouse, or helping feed fellow students through a comprehensive Backpack Program. The students also enjoy and benefit greatly from the presence of community members in the schools, such as the mystery reader programs that bring our senior citizens into the classrooms to spend time with the children. These character-building activities prepare our students for lifelong citizenship.
The District continually searches for occasions to work with community groups and organizations to enhance the educational opportunities available to our students. One of our many successful school-community partnerships is with the nonprofit Esopus Creek Conservancy (ECC), which provides our elementary students with a super-sized environmental-studies-classroom. Using curriculum created by District teachers, in alignment with New York State Learning Standards, students visit the ECC’s 156-acre Nature Preserve to study plant and animal life.
The Saugerties Central School District, fully accredited by the New York State Department of Education as well as the Middle States Schools Association, offers an excellent elementary school program, which emphasizes early literacy achievement for students. The Saugerties Junior and Senior High Schools offer strong core and interesting elective programs and a variety of AP (Advanced Placement) courses. With improving student achievement as its goal, the District also offers a Professional Development Program for faculty and staff through partnerships with local colleges and universities as well as the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center and the Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center. We are very proud of our teachers and teaching assistants, who are all New York State certified and classified as “highly qualified.”
2022-2023 FINANCES: Operating Budget $66,426,716 Assessed Value $2,598,585,349 Full Value $2,711,842,044 Tax Rate Saugerties: $15.660071; Ulster: $28.473461; Woodstock: $25.672184 State Aid Ratio 33.4% State Aid $22,171,617 (estimated)
DEMOGRAPHICS: Students Served 2,319 Ethnic Backgrounds: 72.6% White; 16.3% Hispanic/Latino; 1.7% Black; 2.1% Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander; 7.02% Multiracial Students with Disabilities 17.5% Economically Disadvantaged 46% English Language Learners 2.41% Free Meals Eligibility 39.8% 2022 Graduation Rate 90% Regents Diplomas 38% Advanced Regents Diplomas 51% Diplomas w/CTE Endorsement 9% Enroll in College 59%