The Board of Education of the Highland Central School District is pleased to invite candidates to submit applications for the position of Superintendent of Schools. The Board plans to act on an appointment in sufficient time for the successful applicant to assume the superintendency during the month of February.
The Board is being assisted in the search process by Dr. Charles V. Khoury, District Superintendent of Ulster BOCES, the Sole Supervisory District of Ulster County. The Board will make all decisions concerning the selection process, the evaluation of candidates, and the final appointment.
College and university placement offices, state and national officials, and practicing Superintendents of Schools are invited to nominate qualified candidates for this position. Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, an application form, and their professional credentials to the website below.
To be given full consideration, all application materials should be on file by October 27, 2017. Dr. Khoury and the Highland Board will begin to review application folders upon receipt.
Please do not contact members of the Highland Central School District Board of Education or its administrators for information. All inquiries should be directed via email to Dr. Charles Khoury at Ckhoury@ulsterboces.org. Please use Highland Search in the subject field.
Letters of interest, résumés, completed application forms, and professional credentials should be submitted online at www.ulsterboces.org/careers by following the link to the Highland Superintendent Search.
All communications will be handled through the Office of the Ulster BOCES District Superintendent. Following the initial screening, selected candidates will be invited to meet with the Highland Central School District Board of Education. Visitations to home districts of the final candidate(s) may be conducted to gather further information on performance, working relationships, and leadership style.
Terms of Employment
The Board of Education expects to offer a three-year contract with an initial salary range of $160,000 to $185,000 based on the experience and training of the successful candidate.
October 27, 2017 To be given full consideration, all application materials should be on file by the initial deadline of October 27, 2017. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Dr. Khoury and the Highland Board of Education will begin to review application folders upon receipt.
November 13, 2017 Anticipated start of interviewing. Community stakeholder groups will be invited to meet with round two candidates during the week of November 27, 2017. Final interviews are anticipated to be held the week of December 4, 2018.
On or About December 19, 2017 The Board hopes to offer the successful candidate the position before winter recess, with the hope he or she can assume duties sometime in February.
Apply Online by October 27, 2017
The Area & Community
The Highland Central School District is located in a rural community in the historic Hudson Valley. This apple- and grape-growing region has a total population of approximately 13,000. Within the region are located a number of historical and cultural points of interest such as the United States Military Academy at West Point, historic Hyde Park, the Old Stone Houses in New Paltz, Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, and the magnificent cliffs and trails of Minnewaska State Park and the Mohonk Preserve.
Numerous recreational outdoor activities are available. The Highland Recreation Commission and other local agencies provide numerous afterschool and weekend activities for children and their parents. Local Boy/Girl Scouts and other youth groups give children a strong tie to their community.
Centrally located within 90 miles of New York City and Albany, Highland is a short drive to many colleges, including Marist, SUNY New Paltz, Vassar, SUNY Ulster, Mount Saint Mary, Dutchess County Community College, and Bard. It is also a mere 20 miles to historic Hyde Park, Kingston, and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh.
The Highland Central School District serves the families of Clintondale, Highland, Milton, and West Park in a suburban-rural area located on the west bank of the Hudson River.
Families move into our school district seeking the tranquility and beauty of a rural area, closeness to the more urban areas of Dutchess County, the economic opportunities associated with a growing agricultural and technological base, and the benefits of a strong educational system.
Highland Central Schools employ approximately 141 certified/licensed professional staff members, who have an average 13 years of employment with the District. The Superintendent is supported by an Assistant Superintendent and school business administrator.
Our students benefit from the strong involvement of three PTAs, the Highland Educational Foundation, and the Highland Music Boosters, all which make significant contributions to support our students.
In late 2014, our voters approved a $17.5 million Capital Project to fund infrastructure, health, safety, and security upgrades at all four school buildings and the bus garage. Work is currently underway in our school buildings.
With an enrollment of approximately 1,741 students in Grades K through 12, we are proud of the intimacy and individual attention afforded by our small size. We strive to help our students develop strong personal values, positive self-expression, self-esteem, and self-actualization.
Our High School students can choose from numerous course selections, including a generous listing of college-level options. Students are also able to choose from a wide array of vocational and technical courses offered by Ulster BOCES. We also provide full remedial and special education services, as well as a counseling staff to meet the psychosocial demands of our students. Services were expanded in 2016 to include an elementary school guidance counselor.
Highland faculty and staff benefit from a comprehensive staff development/in-service program, which focuses on the continued development of teachers’ skills and classroom activities.
The District leadership is dedicated to increasing educational technology integration and supporting innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The District has advanced its robotics and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program over the past two years, and continues to focus on this initiative. Inquiry-based instruction, flipped learning, and standards-based instruction have also been priorities.
Operating Budget $42,866,930
Assessed Value $1,170,135,414 Full Value $1,170,135,414 Tax Rate $22.90526 State Aid Ratio 32.7% State Aid $14,045,326
Students Served: 1,741 Ethnic Backgrounds: 71% White; 14% Hispanic/Latino; 7% Black; 4% Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander; 4% Multiracial
Students with Disabilities 12% Students with 504 Plans 4% Economically Disadvantaged 42% English Language Learners 1%
Graduation Rate 87% Regents Diplomas 88% Advanced Regents Diplomas 33% Diplomas w/CTE Endorsement 17% Enroll in College 82%
The Board of Education is seeking an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and experienced educational leader who is committed to maintaining and encouraging a climate of excellence for students, faculty, and the community. Among the exemplary personal and professional qualities the candidate should possess are the following:
Educational leadership, vision for the future, the ability to think inventively, and commitment to the continuous development and implementation of well-planned and evaluated academic programs.
Demonstrated management ability.
Skilled in the application of financial procedures, education law, school management operations and planning procedures, negotiations, educational technology, and capital projects.
Strong human relations and leadership skills to interact effectively with students, school staff, Board members, community members, and the media.
Strong effective communication and presentation skills.
Commitment to be a public advocate for the children of the District.
Knowledge of, and active involvement in, evaluating procedures, including staff development, staff evaluation, curriculum development, and all discipline areas.
Problem-solving skills in both individual and group settings.
Desire to become an integral part of the Highland community, including having a highly visible profile and becoming an active participant in community-related groups and activities. Residence in the surrounding area is encouraged.
Active involvement in the total educational program, recognizing the unique school-community relationship that exists in a community such as Highland.
Ability to implement the Next Generation Learning Standards, as well as innovative programs and curricula for a diverse approach to learning.
Hold or be eligible for New York State School District Administrator certification.
Minimum of three years’ experience as a Central Office Administrator (Superintendent experience is preferred).
Additional Salary Information: The Board of Education expects to offer a three-year contract with an initial salary range of $160,000 to $185,000 based on the experience and training of the successful candidate.
At Ulster BOCES our mission is to provide high quality shared educational, administrative, and technical services that enable component districts to develop the capacity in their students and adults to achieve higher standards of performance. With an emphasis on economic efficiencies, Ulster BOCES is committed to offering educational programs that enable all students to prepare for employment and/or post-secondary education.