ROTTERDAM — Thomas Reardon, the superintendent of the Wynantskill Union Free School District, will take over as superintendent of the Schalmont Central School District on July 1, succeeding Carol Pallas.
Pallas on Wednesday announced her retirement effective Sept. 1, noting that she had planned to announce her decision earlier but put it on hold in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve all of you, our teachers, support staff and – most importantly – our students and their families,” Pallas wrote in a letter to the school board. She led Schalmont for over seven years and has worked as an educator for 34 years.
The Schalmont school board, working with the Capital Region BOCES, had been conducting a confidential search for Pallas’ replacement since before the pandemic struck and forced schools to close. The board approved a resolution appointing Reardon at its Wednesday night board meeting.
“Although the timing of announcement is not optimal, the business continuity of the Schalmont Central School District is of paramount importance to meet the need of our students and community,” the district said in a media release Thursday.
Reardon has served as the Wynantskill superintendent for the past five years, and he plans to finish out the school year there before transitioning into his leadership at Schalmont. Pallas said she plans to spend the next four months ensuring a smooth transition.
Prior to his superintendency in Wynantskill, Reardon served as principal of Voorheesville Elementary School from 2009 to 2015; he also served as principal at Slingerlands Elementary School and before that he started his education career as a middle school English Language Arts teacher in Bethlehem Central School District.
Reardon in comments included in the district’s news release indicated he planned to begin communications with the Schalmont community prior to formally taking over July 1, promising to host virtual “meet the superintendent” meetings and beginning conversations about what kinds of things students and staff are looking for from the district’s next leader.
“Over the next few months, I plan to listen, to question, and to assess where the district has come from and where we’re headed in the next five, 10 to 20 years,” Reardon said in a statement.