The Newark School District is going to have some big shoes to fill at the end of the school year.
At the Board of Education on February 6, members accepted the resignation, for retirement purposes of not only School Superintendent Henry Hann, but Assistant Superintendent for Business Robert N. Fogel Jr. who also announced his retirement at the end of the year.
“Both Henry and Bob have been such exemplary leaders in our district. We are very sad to be losing them,’’ Board of Education President Yvonne MacTaggart said. “But we have to look to the future and our first step is to begin a search for a new superintendent. And we want input in this very important process to include input from students, staff, parents and community members.”
MacTaggart said a survey asking people what experience and personal qualities they would most like to see in the next Superintendent of Schools will be posted on the district website at: http://newarkcsd.schoolwires.com.
Interested persons may complete it from Feb. 25 until March 11.
Anyone wishing to have a paper copy of the survey to fill out should request one by calling 315 332-3217.
The Board has also arranged for The Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform, an affiliate of the Warner School of Education of the University of Rochester — that it has retained to search of a new superintendent — to gather input from interested parents and community members at a meeting March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Newark High School auditorium.
People who plan to attend are asked to call 332-3217.
At that meeting, Warner Team members will give a brief PowerPoint presentation and then have audience members break into two groups from which they will gather input to develop a profile for a new superintendent.
The Warner Team will also meet with various focus groups the following day at Newark High School for the same purpose.
“Choosing a new superintendent — and we are hopeful it will be someone with as many good qualities as Henry — is critical to maintaining a high-quality educational program for our students and great schools in our community,’’ said MacTaggart. “And so we need as much input as we can get from people who understand just how important this decision is.”
Hann was unanimously appointed Superintendent in 2008 after serving as interim superintendent since 2007. Up until that point, he’d served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction since 1992.
In addition to his duties as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, he worked from September 2006 until he became Interim Superintendent in 2007, as interim principal at Lincoln School mornings. Hann who began working in Newark in 1989 as principal at Lincoln School and has also previously filled in as interim principal at Kelley Intermediate School and as interim assistant principal at Newark Middle School.
Fogel had served as Assistant Superintendent for Business for 10 years when he left the district in December 2006 to become the business manager at the Monroe I BOCES in Fairport.
When he announced he was leaving he said it was a “gut-wrenching decision” and one that caused him to do a lot of soul-searching before he decided to take the BOCES job because it was such a great career opportunity.
But after a short time, Fogel, with his unique background, first as a high school English teacher and then as a business administrator in two other school districts before coming to Newark, realized he really missed working directly for a school district.
Hann and Fogel’s resignations are effective June 30, 2013.