An outside educator was expected to be named Tuesday evening as the interim superintendent for the Niskayuna School District until March 2022 or whenever the school board names a new superintendent.
Juliette Pennyman of Pennsylvania will start as interim superintendent beginning Oct. 6. Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra’s last day is Oct. 5 as he will start his new position as superintendent of the New Hartford School District on Oct. 6.
The school board is currently in the process of searching for a new superintendent, and hopes to have the position filled by March 2022. However, Pennyman will serve until whenever a new school chief is named.
“I am truly excited about this opportunity to be a part of the Niskayuna Central School District,” Pennyman said in a release from the district. “As an educator who has spent time in New York, I am aware of Niskayuna’s commitment to excellence and how education is valued here. There are clearly many great things happening in the district, and I look forward to being involved with them and working with teachers and staff members, students, families and the community.”
Capital Region BOCES brought forward potential interim candidates to the board, which then conducted interviews, said Adrienne Leon, director of communications and public relations for Capital Region BOCES.
Pennyman will make $700 a day as interim, according to her contract. She will not receive benefits or holiday pay unless she is required to work on a holiday.
The contract does not stipulate if Pennyman will have to live in Niskayuna while she is interim superintendent and school board officials could not be reached before publication.
Pennyman was most recently the assistant superintendent of Woodland Hills School District in Pennsylvania, which served 4,000 students, according to a release from the district.
“We are pleased to have someone of Dr. Pennyman’s caliber coming to lead our school district at this time of transition,” said board President Kimberly Tully in the release. “As schools continue to navigate the pandemic and begin another unusual school year, we are focused first and foremost on providing stability and support for students and staff members. We believe that Dr. Pennyman’s experience lends itself to this and keeping other critical initiatives moving forward.”
Pennyman also served as the chief of schools, a job similar to that of superintendent.
The school board will hold a special meeting on Sept. 21 to update district residents on the superintendent search.