Peekskill City School District names interim superintendent

    Mary Keenan Foster (Photo: Twitter)
    Mary Keenan Foster (Photo: Twitter)

    The Peekskill City School District has named Mary Keenan Foster interim superintendent. She will take over for Acting Superintendent Dr. Larry Licopoli July 1.

    A letter on the school district website reads as follows:

    Dear Peekskill School Community,

    We are pleased to inform you that after much deliberation following our public forum, we as a Board will be approving the appointment of Mrs. Mary Keenan Foster to the temporary position of Interim Superintendent of Schools at the June 20, 2017 meeting of the Board of Education, effective July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, or earlier depending on the appointment of a new Superintendent.

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    Please note that Board members elect, Sam North and Branwen MacDonald observed our discussions and concur with our conclusion in making this appointment. Mrs. Foster’s well known long standing service to our children and community, along with her leadership that helped shape our plan for District reorganization, makes her the right person for this position as we focus on the critically important task of recruiting a new Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Larry Licopoli has agreed to continue his service to our school district as a consultant to the Interim Superintendent and the Board of Education. During this time as a consultant, Dr. Licopoli will help develop a District Program Evaluation System that informs us on the degree to which we are improving in meeting our goals for school district quality.

    The overall 2017-2018 Transition Plan enables our school community to focus on the search for a new Superintendent of Schools, while simultaneously continuing the advancement of our programs and services for students. With that said, please join us at a reception for all of our new administrators on June 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, where we will be recognizing Mrs. Mary Keenan Foster as our new Interim Superintendent. At this time we will also celebrate: Mr. Randy Lichtenwalner (Hillcrest Principal), Mrs. Crystal Hernandez and Mrs. Jackie Liburd (Elementary Assistant Principals) and Mrs. Courtney Simon (Middle School Assistant Principal).

    Thank you for your kind attention. We are looking forward to a year of growth and learning.

    Sincerely, Lisa Aspinall-Kellawon, Board of Education President Richard Sullivan, Board of Education Vice President Douglas Glickert, Trustee Maria Pereira, Trustee Michael Simpkins, Trustee Colin Smith, Trustee Jillian Villon, Trustee