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Superintendent Search Information

Letter from the BOE

Telephone: (631) 912-2055
Fax: (631) 912-2054 
Dear Commack School District Community:
The Commack Board of Education has engaged Western Suffolk BOCES to assist the district in conducting a national search to identify the best qualified educator to assume the position of superintendent of the Commack School District beginning in July 2022.  With Dr. James resignation taking effect November 30, 2021, we have appointed David Flatley as the interim superintendent to lead the district from December 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Guiding the district’s search process are Michael Flynn, Western Suffolk BOCES Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Superintendent, and Paula Klingelhoefer, a consultant with Western Suffolk BOCES and an experienced administrator, researcher, planner and educator. Combined, Mr. Flynn and Ms. Klingelhoefer have decades of experience in academic executive recruitment and have worked on countless superintendent searches for school districts across the Long Island region.  
An integral part of the search process will be the solicitation of input from Board members, Commack central administration, building administrators, representatives from all district bargaining units, parents, and the greater Commack community regarding the characteristics and qualifications desired in our next superintendent. Based on this input, Mr. Flynn and Ms. Klingelhoefer will market the Commack superintendent position opportunity to a diverse pool of potential applicants, recruit prospective candidates, screen and vet applicants, and assist the Board in selecting finalists and, ultimately, the most capable superintendent to lead the district beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. 
We are confident that conducting a national search will ensure we are putting students, staff and the community in the hands of an educational leader who is best suited to sustain and build upon the Commack District’s stellar reputation as one of the elite districts in the state and in the country. 
With Dr. James’ resignation, it was incumbent for the Board to move quickly to put in motion a carefully planned search process while also taking steps to ensure there would be no leadership gap between the time of Dr. James’ departure to when we make a final decision on a new superintendent next spring. With the assistance of Mr. Flynn and Ms. Klingelhoefer, we are confident that the salient qualities and characteristics as expressed by parent groups, our students, our staff and other community stakeholders will be the guideposts used to select the most qualified candidates, and finally, the candidate the Board chooses as the district’s next superintendent. Mr. Flynn and Ms. Klingelhoefer are also working with us in selecting an interim superintendent who has the background and experience that will help ensure seamless transitions both now and next July. 

Interested stakeholders will be able to provide input to the Board about the leadership needs of the district through focus groups later this month and in November led by Mr. Flynn and Ms. Klingelhoefer as well as through an on-line survey, included on this page and also at this link: A hard copy can also be picked up at the district office located at 480 Clay Pitts Road, East Northport, or at the Commack Public Library located at 18 Hauppauge Rd, Commack. We encourage each member of your household to complete the survey no later than November 18. 
The information collected will be summarized and presented to the Board for its consideration in selecting a superintendent. The summary information presented to the Board will be made available to the public. It is expected that the entire process of choosing a superintendent will be completed in April 2022.
We will be updating his page to contain comprehensive information on the superintendent search process and provide updates to the community as the process unfolds.
Commack School District Board of Education
Steven Hartman, President
Justin Varughese, Vice President
William Hender, Trustee
Susan Hermer, Trustee
Gus Hueber, Trustee                 

The Survey is now closed.

Please stay tuned for survey results!
Contact Information
By Mail:  P.O. Box 150, Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  (631) 912-2000
By Email: [email protected]
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