South Orangetown Central School District

Superintendent Search

On September 8, 2022, the Board of Education approved the hire of School Leadership, LLC to conduct a search for a successor to Superintendent of Schools Robert Pritchard, Ed.D., who will retire on December 31, 2022.

The first part of the process is to identify the personal and professional qualities and experiences that our school district community would like the new superintendent of schools to possess. Between October 17-19, School Leadership, LLC will meet with various stakeholder groups to solicit input on specifications the Board should use in its search.

There are three ways for parents, guardians and community members to participate:

  • Attend in-person, community forums:
    • Monday, October 17 at 7:30PM in the South Orangetown Middle School Auditorium
    • Tuesday, October 18 at 10:15AM in the Tappan Zee High School Auditorium
  • Log on for the virtual community forum on Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00PM. Advance registration required via this Google Form by 5:00PM on Tuesday, October 18. Login information will be emailed to all registrants on Wednesday, October 19.
  • Take the brief, online survey (English | Spanish). Print copies of the survey may also be picked up from any of our school main offices or from the five South Orangetown public libraries. The survey response deadline is Sunday, October 23.

Information regarding the search will continue to be shared with our community as this process progresses and will be posted on this webpage.


November 17, 2022: BOE anticipates approving search specifications at its Board meeting to guide the search process

October 23, 2022: Community survey closes at 5:00PM

October 17-19, 2022: School Leadership, LLC to conduct focus groups and community forums

September 8, 2022: BOE approves the hire of School Leadership, LLC to conduct the District’s superintendent search

September 6, 2022: BOE convenes Executive Session to interview selected executive search firms

August 29, 2022: BOE reviews and discusses proposals in Executive Session

August 25, 2022: Final deadline to submit proposals

July 21, 2022: BOE advertises “Request for Proposal – Recruitment Services”

July 18, 2022: BOE announces that it will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the superintendent search process

July 13, 2022: BOE holds special workshop to discuss the superintendent search