Hattar Named Superintendent of Yorktown School District

Dr. Ronald Hattar Credits: Yorktown Central School District

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Central School District's nearly three-month long search for a new superintendent of schools ended Friday June 2, when the Board of Education announced in a press release that Dr. Ronald Hattar of the Eastchester Union Free School District, was chosen to fill the position.

The search began in March, shortly after Dr. Ralph Napolitano announced his intent to end his 11-year tenure as superintendent of Yorktown Schools effective July 7.

According to the press release, a candidate profile was assembled using input from the community and “numerous internal and external focus groups.” The board conducted several rounds of interviews during what the release called a “very intensive search process. After sifting through the field of 40 applicants from 11 states that was produced by Strategic Educational Advantage LLC, a search firm, Hattar was tabbed as the new leader of Yorktown schools.

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“The Board believes that Dr. Hattar’s educational vision and passion will be a great complement to the already outstanding work being done in the district by our wonderful and talented administrators, faculty and school community,” said board President Jackie Carbone in the press release. “We welcome Dr. Hattar to our Yorktown school community.”

Hattar, a resident of Yorktown, has been the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Eastchester Union Free School District since 2011, and serves as president of the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Curriculum Council. He and his wife, Nicole, have two children.

He holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Manhattanville College, a master of science in educational leadership from College of New Rochelle, a master of science in special education from Manhattan College, and a bachelor of science in secondary education from Manhattan College.

Still finalizing the terms of his agreement, the board announced a start date of Monday, July 10, pending a school board vote. More details will be announced at a future meeting, according to the release.

"It is an honor to have been selected to continue the wonderful work already being done in the Yorktown School District and I look forward to helping the organization to reach even higher levels of success,” Hattar said in the release.

Aligning with the school’s mission to educate the whole child, Hattar said he is “committed to academic excellence while providing an educational experience that supports the development of a student's emotional, social, athletic and civic self." 

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