Education

School District Won’t Replace Mahoney Until May Election

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Dr. Brian Mahoney
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MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac Board of Education has decided it will hold off replacing recently resigned trustee Dr. Brian Mahoney until the May 2018 school board elections.

Mahoney stepped down last month after stating in his resignation letter that he wanted to be considered as a candidate for the superintendent’s position. The school board has opted not to renew the contract of the current superintendent, Dr. Dennis Creedon, and a search for his replacement is currently underway.

Creedon said the school board had the option of holding a special election to replace Mahoney, but by waiting until the May election it will avoid a special election and save the district money. He also pointed out that Mahoney was in the final year of his term so filling the seat for such a short tenure didn’t make much sense.

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Mahoney’s departure leaves eight trustees on the board, but President Leslie Mancuso said she wasn’t worried about having an even number of members, which could potentially result in a tie vote.

“I think we are all pretty much in sync,” she said. “I don’t think that will happen.”

This marks the second time Mahoney has resigned from the Board of Education. He did it in October 2014 after then-Superintendent Thomas Manko resigned. There was speculation that Mahoney would pursue the superintendent’s job then, although the district’s official explanation for his departure was that it was “to pursue personal interests.”

The district hired Brian Monahan to serve as interim superintendent and then in 2016 brought in Creedon as Manko’s permanent replacement and signed him to a two-year contract. The district announced earlier this summer that Creedon’s contract would not be renewed when it expires next June.

In 2015, Mahoney ran for the board once again and was elected with the highest number of votes of any candidate.

Mahoney is a lifelong Mahopac resident and a 1992 graduate of Mahopac High School. He currently serves as the headmaster at the EF Academy in Thornwood, N.Y.

Attempts to reach Mahoney for comment were unsuccessful.

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