CORNWALL - Cornwall Central School District is seeking the next leader of the district as the current superintendent plans to step down.
After seven years working in the district, Superintendent Neal Miller will retire in July. The Board of Education will accept applications soon after a community survey to identify the skills, traits and dispositions of the next superintendent was completed Wednesday.
Board of Education President Nancy Bryan said more than 400 responses have been received from the community, which would be taken into consideration during the search.
“We’re very pleased with Superintendent Miller’s service to Cornwall. He certainly has helped raise the standard and students performance,” Bryan said. “It’s been a good experience for him and for the district as well.”
Board members will start reviewing applicants after the application is closed on April 10. An official appointment may be made by the end of May, and the new superintendent is expected to start in the summer.
Meanwhile, a $75 million preliminary budget was released earlier this week, which proposed a 2.55 percent increase compared to the one adopted last year. The board is still in the early stage of hearing needs from different departments and waiting to see how the state budget plays out before adopting the final budget on April 23. The budget vote is set for May 19.
A building condition survey is underway to develop a long term plan after two bond issues for major capital improvements were rejected by voters: a $44.4 million plan in 2017 and a $24.85 million plan in 2018.
“It will give us a multi-year look at what things are needed to be tackled, then we have to decide what can we do with the money we have,” Bryan said. “The always concern is what would have the least impact or no impact on the taxpayers.”