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Bedford School Board Hires Prominent Firm For Superintendent Search

John Chambers, pictured at a 2014 Katonah-Lewisboro school board meeting in his capacity as a consultant for Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. He is joined by Deborah Raizes, a fellow HYA consultant.
John Chambers, pictured at a 2014 Katonah-Lewisboro school board meeting in his capacity as a consultant for Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. He is joined by Deborah Raizes, a fellow HYA consultant. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Bedford Central's Board of Education has hired Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) to conduct the search for a new superintendent, the school district announced.

HYA, the district notes, "is a national search firm with 27 years of experience identifying and placing over 1,000 highly qualified school district administrators."

John Chambers, who is currently serving as Bedford Central's interim superintendent, has been a consultant for HYA but will not work for the firm in its search, the district noted. Chambers will continue to serve as interim superintendent through the end of the current school year, which concludes on June 30, 2016.

In recent years, HYA has assisted in superintendent searches will nearby school districts, most recently Katonah-Lewisboro, where it helped recruit a new top administrator last year. Chambers helped with Katonah-Lewisboro's search as a consultant for HYA. That search resulted in the selection of Andrew Selesnick, who was a senior school administrator in Chappaqua.

“We are excited to be underway with our search for the next Bedford Central Superintendent and we look forward to the high caliber of candidates that Hazard, Young, Attea can deliver,” Bedford Central school board President Jennifer Gerken said in a statement. “Known for their professionalism and deep connections in the educational world, partnering with HYA allows district leadership and staff to make the most of this academic year, focusing closely on scholastic achievement and operational planning.”

The district, in its announcement, also outlined the steps that it and HYA will take. On Jan 4., the board will hold a planning session. The search process will entail a review of the district's needs, community input from what is desired in a superintendent and the creation of a desired "profile" of what attributes the new administrator would have.

HYA will then recruit candidates, the district added, and interviews will be conducted.

The district added that more details of the search timeline will be released next month.

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