MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The exodus of top Mahopac School District administrators continues, as it was announced last week that Dr. Adam Pease, assistant superintendent for curriculum instruction and professional development, is leaving at the end of the school year to take a similar position in Chappaqua.
Pease’s parting marks the fourth departure of a high-level Mahopac administrator in the past year. Last year, the Board of Education announced it was not renewing the three-year contract of Superintendent Dr. Dennis Creedon. He was recently replaced by Mahopac native Anthony DiCarlo. Also last year, popular middle school principal Vince DiGrandi left to take the job as principal at neighboring North Salem Middle/High School. And last month, Ron Clamser, assistant superintendent for business and human resources, announced his resignation.
DiCarlo said he’s only been at the helm of the Mahopac School District for a month, so it would be inappropriate for him to speculate about the recent departures.
“It would just be conjecture and that’s not fair,” he said. “This sort of thing happens all the time. Opportunities present themselves and people try for something better. I would be remiss to make any other comment.”
DiCarlo said that, as superintendent, his responsibilities include hiring and retaining good people.
“That is part of my role and that is what we will do as we move forward,” he said. “It is part of the process that school districts have to cycle through and we will go out and do active searches and find people that will help us mold a great team in Mahopac.”
School board President Leslie Mancuso said she doesn’t view the recent spate of departures as a “loss of talent” and doesn’t believe there is one underlying cause for them.
“Everyone is leaving for their own reason,” she said. “We want people who want to be here. Change is good. There are hundreds of applicants out there and we will sift through all of them. We are confident we will have a great team in place.”
The Chappaqua Board of Education revealed Pease’s hiring at its March 14 meeting and DiCarlo sent an email to the Mahopac school community announcing Pease’s departure on March 19.
“All of us who know Adam and his work here…are very excited for him and this new opportunity,” DiCarlo wrote in the email. “We thank him for his service to Mahopac and wish him all the best in his new endeavor.”
In an interview with Mahopac News, DiCarlo said it was a “personal and professional opportunity” for Pease.
“We commend him for his years of service in Mahopac,” DiCarlo said. “He has done great things in his tenure here and I am sure he will continue to do great things in Chappaqua.”
Pease had served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Mahopac for the past two years. He served as house principal for Mahopac High School starting in 2003 before being appointed its principal in 2008. He began his career teaching science at John Jay High School. He is expected to begin his new job with Chappaqua on July 1 and will remain with Mahopac until then.
Mancuso said the district was proud of Pease and what he accomplished during his tenure in Mahopac.
“We liked how he has grown,” she said. “He says this is a great opportunity for him. So, we are just very proud of him and wish him well.”
Pease, a Carmel High School graduate, lives in Brewster with his wife and two daughters.