Bronxville Schools Set For Some Change At The Top

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Assistant Superintendent John Kehoe will retire from the Bronxville School District after 32 years.
Assistant Superintendent John Kehoe will retire from the Bronxville School District after 32 years.

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Bronxville School District will be entering something of a rebuilding process, as it prepares to replace or fill several key administrative positions.

Superintendent of Schools David Quattrone and the Bronxville Board of Education are looking to fill the vacant elementary school principal position, the new director of curriculum and instruction position and to replace Assistant Superintendent John Kehoe, who will retire following a 32-year career in the district.

Kehoe, who will retire from his current position at the end of the month, has agreed to serve as the director of operations for 18 months to help the district transition to his eventual replacement. While they search for his replacement, his duties, which include chairing human resources and school safety, will be reassigned to other administrators.

“District leadership is examining roles and responsibilities, with an eye toward maintaining continuity of services and advancing school programs,” Quattrone said. “[Kehoe] will serve as Director of Operations at a time that the district is pursuing major construction and rising enrollment.”

Quattrone said that the Bronxville Middle School, which Kehoe was instrumental in establishing, will be his legacy within the district.

“John’s successful advocacy arose from his belief that it was the right thing to do for students – academically, socially and developmentally,” he said. “His versatility has added much to our traditions, and his visibility has served as a major factor in building public trust and confidence.”

With Kehoe set to aid in the search for his replacement, the district has enlisted the aid of Martin Brooks – the executive director of the Tri-State Consortium – in the search for an elementary principal and director of curriculum.

With the state’s new Common Core Learning Standards continuing to plague schools throughout the county, Brooks has suggested the district seek candidates who are well versed in its implementation, who can be remain innovative in the district’s education. He also said candidates should have the ability to reach students of all abilities and be able to communicate with all district stakeholders, from administrators to parents.

According to Quattrone, the district will begin screening and privately interviewing candidates as early as next month, before the public has the opportunity to provide input. There should be appointments made before the summer, when they will take over as of July 1.

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