Scarsdale Names Chicago Educator As New Superintendent Of Schools

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Scarsdale's new superintendent, Thomas Hagerman.
Scarsdale's new superintendent, Thomas Hagerman.

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Scarsdale Board of Education wasted no time in naming its new superintendent, tabbing Dr. Thomas Hagerman of the nationally renowned Winnetka School District in Chicago as the district’s new leader.

Hagerman will be the 10th superintendent in 230 years. He takes over the district from 15-year Superintendent Michael McGill, who announced that he would be stepping down last year.

In a statement, Board President Suzanne Seiden commented on the lengthy search the board went through before naming Hagerman as the new superintendent.

“We were hopeful that we would find a new superintendent who would continue the legacies of a focus on critical and creative thinking, a collaborative work and on a global perspective for students,” she said, “We believe Hagerman will continue and enhance these legacies and foster Scarsdale’s tradition of excellence.”

Hagerman has been an educator for two decades, serving the past 10 years as a superintendent in Chicago, overseeing both K-8 and K-12 districts similar to Scarsdale. Prior to his time in Illinois, he served as a superintendent in Oregon.

“Scarsdale is an exemplary district that is truly committed to the success of every student,” he said. “I look forward to working alongside the entire Scarsdale community as we continue to honor past traditions while creating a future that inspires our students to even greater levels of success.”

There will be a “meet and greet” with Scarsdale’s newest superintendent at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in the main entrance of the high school. Those who cannot attend that meeting will have more opportunities to meet Hagerman when he officially takes over on July 1.

“Hagerman is coming to us with a history of success built upon listening and observing, and working with others to structure a shared vision,” Seiden said. “We look forward to welcoming him to our spirited community and working together with him on [the district’s] goals.”

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Hmmm. Any example of Winnetka being nationally renowned, or is that just press release information? Did Scarsdale waste no time, or, as Ms. Seiden said, was it a lengthy search? And maybe we could find out how someone with two decades -- 20 years -- in education spent 10 years as a superintendent for a "renowned" school district after being a superintendent in Oregon? How many years in Oregon? Pretty dramatic rise in the ranks, making superintendent in such a short time.

The Board meeting appointing Dr. Hagerman is available online: www.scarsdaleschools.org/tv.