Seaford School Board Interviews Three Interim Business Chief Candidates

District receives interest from three retired business chiefs to serve in interim role once Ken Aldrich's retirement takes effect on Nov. 3.

The Seaford Board of Education interviewed three possible interim superintendent for business candidates in an executive session late Thursday night and has also received applications from several others interested in the permanent business chief position to replace the Ken Aldrich.

Seaford Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy said during Thursday's regular school board meeting that the three interim candidates are all retired business chiefs who have worked in other districts. The school board has been discussing whether to bring on an interim assistant superintendent for business to serve out the remainder of the 2012/13 year or to hire a permanent replacement for Aldrich once his retirement takes effect on Nov. 3.

Conboy said the district has received 75 applications for the permanent assistant superintendent for business position. He has said previously that the ideal candidate for the interim as well as permanent position would be someone that is certified as a school business administrator. 

Chris Wendt September 07, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I think the ideal candidate for interim would be a permanent replacement! Interim? This is not like 1985 when Ed Wallowitz "retired" on August 24 to be effective August 31, seven days later. http://www.seaford.k12.ny.us/160010117121418397/lib/160010117121418397/_files/08.24.05-SpecialMeeting.pdf I think the ideal permanent replacement would not be an Assistant Superintendent with a huge salary and certified as a school business administrator, but rather, a Business Manager with solid private sector finance management and budget experience in a unionized environment. Note, the huge salary would not apply. However, if the Seaford Board is convinced they want someone with a huge salary and certified, then the next best bet would be to call over to Wantagh and ask to share their Assistant Superintendent with Seaford, and split the cost. Well?
Maddie's momma September 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Both very practical, financially-responsible ideas. (I think)
Lorraine DeVita September 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
chris, A) I agree that we should Re categorize and re title the position to reflect a lower pay scale. The title of Business Manager/Director would be sufficient. We dont need nor can we afford any more 160K+Asst Superintendents. B) as to Sharing Wantaghs finance person- ARE YOU NUTS !! WHy would you want to do that to that poor person. YOU know the state of financial affairs in Seaford , Do you not like the person in WANTAGH that you want to send them to the funny farm while they try ot make heads or tails out of what the heck has been going on is Seaford? We have to clean house and get things in order FIRST so therefore an interim experienced person UNTITLED would be a fine idea. We need to perhaps call them an interim FIANCIAL CONSULTANT. We DONT need another shell game illusionist.
Chris Wendt September 09, 2012 at 08:37 PM
There are only two choices what to title the position, and Seaford must have one or the other on payroll. Assistant Superintendent for Business, or, Business Manager; the role is School District Business Official. There is a provision in the law for sharing administrators between districts.
Lorraine DeVita September 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Chris, While i am aware we can share a administrators between districts, my question was did you have something against the person in Wantagh for wanting to inflict Seafords woes on them ? lol.. My concern about a permanat replacement is this- We need not JUMP into employing anyone until we find someone who has the expereince that best suits the needs of the district. The needs ofthe district should also include someone with enough personal fortitude to insure that the Administrations follows the rules to the letter and will not waiver when they start to whine or worse give in when the Admin. tries to impose previous questionable decisions/practices. Someone who CAN say NO and who isnt afraid to say NO to both the Board and the Admin. to insure our financal management is "best practice" not PREVIOUS Practice.


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