The Times Are A-Changing

Dr. George Bovino Credits: Sue Guzman
Dr. Patricia Cyganovich Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
Dr. Michael Hibbard Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— Big changes are coming at the end of the 2016-2017 school year with the planned retirement of three longtime school administrators in the North Salem Central School District.

High School Principal, Dr. Patricia Cyganovich, and Assistant Principal, Dr. George Bovino, have announced their retirements, saying that after 30 years with the school district, it’s time to “turn their attention” to their families and other adventures and “give a new leadership team the opportunity to work and grow with the dedicated professionals and caring parents and friends of North Salem” come September.

Speaking at the Board of Education meeting April 18, School Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Freeston said the school board is now beginning the process of searching for replacements to succeed the two. He said focus groups are expected to be formed shortly, in the hopes of coming up with an appointment some time this summer before the new school year begins. Freeston noted that parents will be kept informed during the selection process and be given an opportunity to weigh in on the new principal.

Sign Up for E-News

He also said postings for the assistant principal position will be going up shortly.

At the beginning of the school year, Dr. Michael Hibbard announced this will be his last year as the assistant superintendent for instruction and human resources. Last Tuesday, the North Salem Board of Education approved the appointment of Julio Vazquez to succeed Hibbard. Vazquez currently serves as assistant principal at the Pequenakonck Elementary School.

Freeston said they enlisted the help of the Tri-State Consortium in the search process for Hibbard’s successor. There were 134 applicants for the position. That was narrowed down to 14, and then four, who were brought before a committee of board members, parents, faculty and administration, which selected Vazquez unanimously.

His appointment was also approved unanimously by the Board of Education last Tuesday.

“Thank you for your willingness to move us forward,” Freeston said to Vazquez.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

North Salem

She had file envy

Who says paperwork is not sexy?! This week, I was so impressed (and even charmed) by the paperwork and systems of two different women. I was even a little envious. In the first case, my client Lois in Ardsley decided that it was time to get her paperwork in order. After six years of shifting paperwork, a dysfunctional home office, an international move and the purchase of a new home, she had HAD ...

Bias in Media, in Me, in You

While listening to an interview with a voter on my car radio, I thought I had excess ear wax that obstructed my hearing. The voter (whose name is Bruce) said this about one of the qualifications that a Senate or House candidate must have to earn his vote: “I don’t want anyone with ideas. We have enough of those already.”

I’m a journalist and have been one my entire ...

Southern Discomfort: ‘Crimes of the Heart’

Editor’s Note: The author of this review is a board member of Axial Theatre.

Siblings cackling over their grandpappy’s coma.

A 24-year-old bride who says she shot and wounded her wealthy, hot-shot husband because she doesn’t like his looks (and doesn’t much care for the sound of his voice, either).

A 27-year-old aspiring singer-actress who puts on airs that ...

Cross My Legs and Hope to Die

One morning, I had a big cup of coffee as I usually do, and then I got in the car and drove 40 minutes to a clothing store I had been curious to check out. I don’t normally drive 40 minutes to go shopping, but since I am a stay-at-home mom and everyone knows we stay-at-home moms just spend our time shopping and eating bonbons, I figured, “What the hey.”

Having had the ...

Pretty in Raspberry Pink

“I got a pedicure today,” I said to my husband, showing off my freshly painted toes glimmering from beneath my flip flops.  “What do you think?”

“They’re orange,” he said. 

“They’re not orange,” I corrected him. “They’re cantaloupe.” He blinked a couple of times trying to process this irrelevant piece of ...

Veatch Fund to Award Six Student Scholarships

May 16, 2018

Six graduating seniors from local high schools will be awarded 2018 Justin Veatch Fund music scholarships in June. This year’s recipients are Chloe Collins of Calvert Academy, Justin Giacchetto of North Salem High School, Justin Hahn of Peekskill High School, Noah Mattison of Harrison High School, Alicia McMillan of The Ursuline School, and Chris Paraggio of Carmel High School.

The ...