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Syosset Picks Temp Super

The Syosset Board of Education voted unanimously last week to temporarily replace current superintendent, Carole Hankin, with former Great Neck school district superintendent, Ronald Friedman.

Hankin, who submitted her resignation in July, is earning more than $500,000 per year in the position—the highest paid superintendent in Nassau County and the second highest paid in New York State— which has long been a point of contention among critics.

Friedman, however, will be paid $1 per day starting immediately until 2014, when his salary will jump to around $20,000 per month until July, when the district plans to bring in a permanent hire.

In a letter to the community sent by the Board of Education last week, it was announced that executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) had been chosen by the Board to fill the position permanently.

“We are confident that HYA is uniquely qualified to assist the Board, faculty and community with a customized search for our new superintendent, tailored to the needs of our District,” the Board said. “The breadth and depth of their national network will enable HYA to identify and recruit current and emerging educational leaders.”

A formal planning session among the Board and HYA will be scheduled for early September. In subsequent weeks, focus groups with members of the community and faculty will be conducted, as well as online surveys, the Board said, adding that it is seeking extensive community involvement in providing input prior on the criteria for the new chief.

“A clear definition of the position and qualifications sought is crucial to each subsequent phase of a successful search,” the letter continues. “These groups and forums will be facilitated by HYA so as to determine issues of concern and desired characteristics which we seek in potential candidates.”