MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Mahopac High School Principal Dr. Adam Pease has been promoted to a new role in the district, which means the Board of Education will have to search for his replacement.
It was announced at last week’s board meeting that Pease has been named the new assistant superintendent for curriculum instruction and professional development. School Superintendent Dr. Dennis Creedon said it’s a job with an eclectic array of responsibilities that will call on him to collaborate with the other assistant superintendents.
“He will be responsible for reviewing the curriculum throughout the district and coordinating professional development in alignment with that curriculum, and he will lead professional development on best practices for instruction,” Creedon said. “He will also be the lead for [teacher] assessments as well as the strategic plan for the district—the mission and vision— and work with me to build the central office team and administrators to move the district forward; [he will] maintain the budget and find new and innovative ways to engage students.”
Creedon said Pease won’t be working alone on these projects—the other administrators will all play their part.
“When we think of professional development, he won’t be working alone,” Creedon said. “He will be working with other assistant superintendents and me. We will be a unified team and collaborate on many aspects. There will be an integration of administrative tasks.”
Pease will also assist with the selection of professional employment candidates, working with Assistant Superintendent Ron Clamsor, who oversees Human Resources, and with Dr. Greg Stowell, assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services, who is also in charge of technology.
Creedon said that the district will now begin to search for a new MHS principal to replace Pease, but will bring in an interim first, so the Board of Education can take its time and search for the ideal permanent candidate. It will be a national search.
“We are not going to do something fast,” Creedon said. “We are going to look for the best quality candidate we can find. We will advertise through various portals and the trade press –Education Week –which is the most widely read publication.”
Creedon said the district has already started advertising for an interim principal and hopes to have one in place later this summer.
“We are putting that out through BOCES and an online application portal and we hope to have someone ready and make a recommendation [to the School Board] by the end of July,” he said.
As for Pease, Creedon said he knew he was the right choice to fill the new position.
“I have actually observed Adam teaching [other teachers] afterschool and the philosophies he has demonstrated has matched the cutting-edge research on student engagement,” the superintendent said. “I was very much impressed; we both believe in the same thing: Students need to be engaged and learn through doing.
“He knows the district and he knows our needs and he is a natural fit to collaborate with his peers,” Creedon continued. “And he is an award-winning science teacher so he understands teaching at a higher level.”