Interim Superintendent Is Retained Through 2019-20 School Year

Posted by Thomas DeLoughry on 3/4/2019 10:10:00 AM

 

Board of Education President Rob Francin has announced that Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Feifer has agreed to continue serving in his post through the 2019-20 school year.

Francin’s announcement came in a February 14th letter to the Wyckoff community, which also revealed that job interviews in the search for a full-time Superintendent had not yet produced any viable candidates for the position. “We have very high expectations for our next superintendent, and while we were impressed with the quality of candidates, we do not believe that any of them would be the right choice to lead our district at this time,” Francin wrote.

Dr. Feifer with Dr. Kuder

Former Superintendent Rich Kuder, who had served since 2010, announced his retirement last summer and left the post at the end of December. The Board hired Dr. Feifer, (at right in photograph above with Dr. Kuder) a 46-year veteran administrator, to guide the District during a search and transition process that was expected to extend into this summer. Dr. Feifer’s contract now has been extended through the next school year to give the Board more time to attract and evaluate additional candidates.

“While this is not the outcome that we were all expecting,” Francin wrote in his letter, “we firmly believe that it is essential to find the right candidate for our schools who can provide long term visionary leadership for this critical position.”

One key to attracting more applicants could be an increase in the annual salary for the position, which New Jersey law caps at $169,689 for a district of Wyckoff’s size. Wyckoff’s Board has joined a number of other New Jersey districts in asking Gov. Phil Murphy to relax the state limits so they can try to attract candidates who might otherwise make more money as principals or as superintendents in New York State.

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