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.

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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.