Lynbrook Community Gets Involved in Search for New Schools Chief

Lynbrook school district holds open forum to discuss superintendent search.

To maintain an open line of communication with the community as the district moves forward with its search for a new superintendent of schools, the Lynbrook Board of Education invited parents and community residents to attend a superintendent search forum on Tuesday at Lynbrook High School.

[Editor's Note: Everyone who spoke up at the meeting expressed their support for keeping Dr. Melissa Burak, now Interim Superintendent, at the helm. Click here to learn more about how residents and faculty are rallying for her to get the job.]

The meeting was facilitated by School Leadership, LLC, a well-known school district executive search firm. The purpose of the forum was to listen to the community's response to the following questions: What would attract a highly qualified educator to seek the position of superintendent of schools? In your opinion, what are some of the major leadership challenges the new superintendent will face over the next three to five years? What professional qualifications, prior experiences and personal qualities should the new superintendent of schools possess?

If you were unable to attend this meeting, you may still offer your input by visiting www.lynbrook.k12.ny.us to fill out the Lynbrook UFSD Superintendent Search Questionnaire sometime before October 26. You may return it either directly to School Leadership, LLC or to District Clerk Elizabeth Mueller at the district's administration office located at 111 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook, NY 11563.

The information obtained at this meeting and through the survey will be developed into a set of search specifications that, once approved by the board, will be used as a guide to conduct the search.

Lynbrook school officials said hiring a new superintendent of schools is the most important responsibility of any Board of Education. The members of the Lynbrook Board of Education thank the many community members who provided their valuable input by participating in this important search process.

What qualifications and qualities do you think the next Lynbrook schools chief should have? Let us know in the comments section.

Mark reyes October 18, 2012 at 03:58 PM
If we already have Dr. Burak in the position, someone obviously qualified for the job, why are they spending money to go any further??
Tina O'Neil October 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM
We need a new superintendent who is going to continue to strengthen and improve the educational program at Lynbrook schools. The focus needs to be on improving the performance and capabilities of the students and the education they receive.
Tina O'Neil October 18, 2012 at 04:23 PM
We have yet to here anything from Dr Burak on her plans to improve the educational programs at the schools. There is no need to rush and put her inot the full time job at this point.
Carol Ann October 18, 2012 at 04:28 PM
How much does the superintendent get paid?
Tina O'Neil October 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM
The last superintendent was paid $250,000 per year plus other perks like pension, car and housing allowances.
Mark reyes October 18, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Tina, Do you attend board meetings?
Tara Conry (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Carol, According to SeeThroughNY, in 2011 the Lynbrook Superintendent earned $262,588 but salary and contracts for superintendents is negotiable. This would be decided by the Board of Education. -Tara Conry Local Editor, Malverne-West Hempstead-Lynbrook Patch
Mark reyes October 18, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Why doesn't the Patch report on what was said by the residents at the meeting?
Tina O'Neil October 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Mark - yes I do attend board meetings.
Mark reyes October 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Thanks Tina, I would like to know why the Patch in its reporting is not saying what the residents stated at the meeting Tara?
Tina O'Neil October 18, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Mark - I dont think the article is from a Patch writer - I think it was submitted by that service the school board hired to promote school events and the like. Is that correct Tara?
Tara Conry (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Yes, Tina that is correct. But I'm working on a separate article about the community rallying for Dr. Burak to remain in the superintendent role. I'll post the link to that here once it's ready.
Mark reyes October 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Thank you Tina..
Mrs. WE October 18, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I don't have a problem with the idea of a search, if I think there is the slightest possibility that the search firm retained will find a better candidate. Based on the firms history of poor placements throughout Nassau County, and their abissmal handling of our Strategic Planning process I have no faith that they will bring forth a candidate that is better suited for the job than Melissa. I say save the money and hire Melissa, or hire a different search firm.
Tina O'Neil October 18, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Mrs WE - While Dr Burak has done a good job on the financial side of the picture I am in no rush to give her the job until we hear her thoughts about increasing the educational programs and aspect of our school. We need to think what we have to give our kids going forward to help them complete and improve their education.
Tara Conry (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Residents and faculty pushing for Dr. Melissa Burak to remain in the schools chief post have taken their cause to Facebook. Read about it here: http://patch.com/A-yK8k
David Herrmann October 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
The article you just read, I believe was put out by the Lynbrook Board of Education's public relations firm. While I appreciate the use and mention of my name and picture, it would have been nice for them to tell you what I actually said. I stated that I thought that it was a mistake for the Board of Education to hire a search firm, and I questioned the credibility of the process. The fact that this is not mentioned in the article, I believe, proves my point.  I did express my "hopes for the future." But my hopes included ending the search and hiring Dr. Burak immediately. ---Dave Herrmann
Mark reyes November 26, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I hear there is a big split on the board about this issue. Some want the search to go on, some don't.
the big kahuna November 26, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Has the board reached out to former employees like Dr Prendergast to see if they have any interest coming back. I know that she was very well thought of in this district. Does anyone have any info? im in no rush to give this job to Dr burak so quickly. We need a proper search to find the best candidate. We should not cave in to a few people who know her from the area. if she is the best she will get the job!!!
the big kahuna November 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
people want her toget the job because they know her. change is sometimes a good thing.
Tina Oneil November 26, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I have heard the same thing on the split. I dont know all the people on each side of the split but from what I know Papendrew is on the search side and Bresnihan is on the Burak side. Have seen some signs around town supporting Burak and heard the teachers were giving them out. But also just saw in one of her first decisions Burak is posting documents on the school website in Spanish. Not sure if that is a goood decision.


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