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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Schenectady school board considers options for choosing new superintendent


SCHENECTADY — The Schenectady Board of Education is⁣ facing the departure of Superintendent Anibal Soler Jr., who will be taking​ on the same⁣ role with‌ Yonkers Public Schools in May. The board is⁣ now considering an in-house succession plan to fill‍ the‌ vacancy⁤ left by Soler’s ‌resignation.

Soler recently accepted a⁤ five-year contract with ⁤the Yonkers district, prompting the Schenectady school board ​to ‌pass a resolution accepting his​ resignation effective April 30. The board is committed to working with Soler to develop a strong succession plan that will ensure a smooth transition for the ⁣district.

Board‌ of Education President Bernice Rivera emphasized the importance of collaboration with Soler in crafting⁢ the ‌succession plan, stating, “With our⁣ dedicated team and community, we’ll continue to move our ⁣district forward.”

As the board begins the process of finding a replacement for Soler, Rivera mentioned ⁢that they will seek Soler’s input on​ the superintendent search. She also indicated that‌ the board⁣ is considering both internal and external candidates for the position.

While the timeline‌ for selecting ⁣a ‌new superintendent ‌is still to be determined, the board is prepared to ⁤make a decision based‌ on careful deliberation and⁤ thoughtfulness. ‌In the meantime, the possibility of appointing an interim superintendent is being considered if a replacement for Soler is not selected in time for his departure.

During a special meeting, the Yonkers Board of Education voted ​8-0 ​to confirm Soler’s appointment,​ highlighting the significance of his new role. Rivera praised Soler’s ⁢tenure with ‍Schenectady, expressing⁤ confidence in the district’s resilience and ability to move forward.

With⁣ the departure of Superintendent Soler, ​the Schenectady Board ⁢of ⁢Education is entering ⁣a new chapter, and the⁢ board is dedicated to ensuring a​ smooth transition and continued progress for the district.

Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton, a skillful journalist previously based in Boston, is adept at covering a diverse array of stories. Her thorough and engaging reporting style, honed with a Master's in Journalism from Boston University, focuses on community-relevant stories.
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  1. Agree They should prioritize a candidate with a strong background in education and a proven track record of effective leadership.


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