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District Extends Grafflin Principal Search

A lack of qualified candidates is cited as a reason for continuing the search.

The principal search for Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School will be extended, Chappaqua school district administrators announced, due to what was deemed to be too small of a pool of qualified candidates.

Superintendent Lyn McKay and Andrew Selesnick, assistant superintendent for leadership development and human resources, announced the decision in a Wednesday letter to parents. 

"As we have indicated from the beginning, it is most important that we continue searching until we find the best possible candidate to lead our school," the letter notes.

As a result, a new advertisement in The New York Times will be placed on Sunday, Feb. 10. The district will accept candidates until March 1. Interviews would then start in early March.

The district will still consider some of the initial applicants to be candidates in the pool, while seeking to increase the number of them.

The district is seeking a new principal for Grafflin because its long-time head, Michael Kirsch, is retiring at the end of the school year.

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