The Locust Valley Central School District, located on the north shore of Long Island in Nassau County, New York, is seeking a K-12 Superintendent of Schools.
The Locust Valley Central School District serves approximately 2,000 students in six schools, including two primary schools, two intermediate schools, one middle school, and one high school. Locust Valley High School is an International Baccalaureate School that also offers Advanced Placement courses, thereby providing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. In fact, Locust Valley High School graduation rate in 2019 was 100% and for six consecutive years the high school has earned the NYS Reward School status, the highest distinction in the state. Locust Valley High School students are National Merit finalists, and students are accepted to a wide array of colleges and universities.
The school district has a long tradition of high-achieving students and the community is very supportive of the school district. Stakeholders are committed to excellence, to a student-centered philosophy, and to enhancing an already successful school district and community.
Recently, parents, students, staff, and members of the community were invited to describe the strengths of the school district. Among the most frequent responses were:
An excellent staff, eager to participate meaningfully in improving the schools and district
An extremely competitive school district
A district committed to excellence
A school community that is reflective of the richness and culture of the world
A district that offers both the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs
Buildings and grounds that have been well maintained and are attractive looking
A community that has routinely supported the school district budget
The Board of Education, based upon input from constituents in the Locust Valley school district community, recently approved the following as the “specifications” for the Superintendent search:
The Board of Education has determined the successful candidate needs to be:
A visible, collaborative instructional leader, with demonstrated success as a classroom teacher and administrator in bringing students to higher levels of academic success;
Preferably an experienced superintendent, with successful leadership experience at multiple school district levels, including business, finance, and facility planning;
An administrator with proven success in building trust among the multiple stakeholders of a school community;
A decision-maker who utilizes transparent means of gathering data, and after gathering input from constituent groups, clearly communicates and consistently implements those decisions; and
A skillful communicator who utilizes multiple means of keeping the Board of Education and the district stakeholders informed about the status of school district programs, activities, and decisions.
Candidates must possess or be eligible for New York State certification as a School District Leader (SDL) or School District Administrator (SDA) and a doctorate is preferred. The position offers a salary and benefits commensurate with education and experience.
Confidential applications will be accepted on-line only until March 1, 2020 at www.leadschools.us (click on “Current Searches” and follow the link to www.applitrack.com/leadschools/onlineapp). In addition to completing the basic application, candidates are asked to upload a cover letter describing how they believe they meet the specification criteria listed above, as well as uploading a copy of their current résumé.
Additional Salary Information: Regionally competitive salary and benefits
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