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Good Superintendents Becoming Increasingly Hard to Find

In the past six months, 11 districts in the Lower Hudson Valley area of New York have seen a change in their superintendents' offices.

Brewster, Garrison, Haldane, Pearl River, South Orangetown and Scarsdale superintendents have retired or announced their retirements, lohud.com reported. School chiefs in Greenburgh, Yonkers and Katonah-Lewisboro have been replaced because of scandal or controversy. New Rochelle's superintendent resigned because of illness and the interim superintendent in Putnam Valley was hired permanently.

Mount Vernon has been seeking a permanent superintendent since 2012, and White Plains has signed its interim leader for another year because the school board couldn't find the right person. Mahopac just hired an interim chief after its permanent choice changed his mind.

According to lohud.com, of the 54 school districts in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, 35 have hired superintendents since 2010.

"My concern is that the so-called reforms are discouraging people from becoming administrators — even educators," said Rosemary Pitruzzella, president of the South Orangetown Board of Education.

Fewer people may be willing to deal with the tax cap, the new teacher accountability system, Common Core and the like, Jim Langlois, superintendent of Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, told lohud.com.

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