(NORTH SALEM, N.Y.0 -- With three top administrators retiring, the North Salem Central School District has been working to find replacements before July 1.
Middle/High School Principal Dr. Patricia Cyganovich and Assistant Principal Dr. George Bovino are stepping down. Director of Instruction and Human Resources, Dr. Michael Hibbard is also retiring, and will be replaced by the Assistant Principal of Pequenakonck Elementary School, Julio Vazquez.  The district is in the process of looking for a replacement assistant principal at PQ.
“We are grateful for the insights of the faculty, parents, administrators and trustees who served on the Interview Committee,” said Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Freeston. “We had a total of 134 applicants for the position.”
Freeston said the selection process has been going well overall.
“I am very pleased with the quality of the applicant pools for all three positions as we enter the interview phase in the next 10 days,” he explained.
There are three interview committees that have been part of the selection process. They are comprised of teachers, parents, administrators and representatives from the North Salem Board of Education. The committees are tasked with evaluating each candidate’s credentials and seeing if they are a potential match for the North Salem Central School District.
Once the pool of applicants is whittled down, the finalists for each position would then be interviewed by the Board of Education before they are appointed.
Those participating in the interview process must sign confidentiality agreements before meeting with candidates.
Freeston said the PQ Assistant Principal Interview Committee will meet this week to interview six candidates. The six finalists were selected from a pool of more than 250 candidates that were then whittled down to 16. Each of the 16 was interviewed by Principal Mary Johnson.
The MSHS Assistant Principal Interview Committee will also meet this week to interview internal candidates.  
The MSHS principal search has been facilitated by John McCarthy and Lynn Allen from Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES.
Using results from a district focus group, they screened the 100 plus applicants, conducted interviews with the best of the applicant pool, and have recommended seven finalists.  Director of Special Education Adam VanDerStuyf and Freeston will interview these candidates next week.  The Interview Committee will interview three finalists the following week.
 Board of Education interviews and appointments will occur in time for the new administrators to start this summer, well in advance of the start of school in September.