The superintendent of the Depew Union Free School District is one of three finalists in the running to become chief of the Clarkstown Central School District in Rockland County.
Depew School Superintendent Jeffrey R. Rabey, in his sixth year at Depew, confirmed his superintendent candidacy at the downstate district but declined to comment beyond that Tuesday afternoon.
The Clarkstown School Board president wrote an open letter to the public posted on his district’s website in late December highlighting the three finalists for the superintendent position.
Aside from Rabey, the other candidates are: Ramapo Central School Superintendent Douglas S. Adams and Sodus Central Schools Superintendent Martin D. Cox.
The Clarkstown School Board’s search process continues next week, with each of the finalists spending a full day in the district visiting schools and participating in a variety of activities and meetings.
The day will end for each candidate with an additional interview by the Board of Education.
Clarkstown school officials will also hold public information sessions. Each candidate will hold two public forums to provide members of the Clarkstown community information on his background and experience and to answer questions.
Rabey’s sessions will be at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, one at a middle school and the other at a high school.
The Clarkstown School Board plans to announce its decision by mid-February.
“The selection of a new leader for our district is one of the most critical responsibilities of the Board of Education,” wrote Mike Aglialoro, board president for Clarkstown schools.
Before coming to Depew, Rabey was superintendent of Lake Shore School District for five years, and since then he has spent the last six years as Depew’s superintendent.
He was a top finalist to become Hamburg school superintendent in 2014, but withdrew his name from the running.
Rabey’s total pay at Depew schools is $165,000 for 2015, according to Empire Center SeeThroughNY.net.
The Clarkstown School District has 8,400 students and is located in New City, about 25 miles northwest of New York City, with an area population of 85,000.
In contrast, Depew schools serve about 2,500 students.