The news that New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak was going to retire was anticipated, according to Board President David Lacher
He said Organisciak was in the "enviable position" of still being young enough to retire from leading the district, with all its pressures.
"He can go on to do something else that provides different challenges and different rewards," Lacher said.
He said the board will be proceeding cautiously to find the best possible candidate to succeed Organisciak.
"The process of selecting a new superintendent is arduous and the stakes are very high for the entire community," Lacher said.
The board, he said, will likely retain the services of a professional search firm to facilitate the recruitment effort.
The first step will be to issue a request for proposals from qualified firms, Lacher said, adding that he expects that to happen before the end of September.
After the search firm is chosen, the board will develop specific criteria for the position and the actual search will begin, he said.
"We have no details at this time on the actual process," Lacher said, "but we do hope that the search will be successful so that we have new superintendent in place" by the time Organisciak leaves.