'Extraordinary finalist' under review as Staples principal
Updated 8:49 am, Tuesday, May 19, 2015
After rebooting the search for a new Staples High School principal -- which hit an unexpected bump in the road when neither of two finalists introduced in March was hired -- school officials announced this week they have "selected one extraordinary finalist."
That educator, who was not identified in a message emailed to school parents, if formally hired would succeed John Dodig, who is retiring at the end of this academic year.
The finalist will be introduced at a public meeting set for next Tuesday, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., in the Staples cafeteria, school officials said.
Written feedback will be solicited, officials said in their email, and provided to the Board of Education before a final decision is made on hiring the new principal.
The latest development in the search for a new Staples principal follows a setback the process suffered in March when Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon abruptly told the Board of Education that, after public interviews of two finalists, "Neither would be moved forward."
The candidates for the job at the time were Lou Moore, principal at Ramapo High School in the affluent community of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and Frank Costanzo, principal of the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven.
If the new finalist is ultimately hired by the school board, he or she would take over from Dodig, who announced last December that he planned to leave the post after 11 years this spring.