The Mamaroneck schools have given up on hiring a permanent replacement this year for Mamaroneck High School’s principal, Dr. Mark Orfinger, who announced in April that he would be retiring after 13 years in the position. According to a release on Friday, June 11, the district will focus on selecting an interim principal instead. Two candidates will be interviewed next week for the temporary position.
Dr. Robert Shaps, the incoming superintendent of schools, has been actively involved with the search for a new principal, as has the outgoing superintendent, Dr. Paul Fried, and an interview committee that included parents, students and staff.
Dr. Shaps said the committee “went through an extensive search process, and, in the end, concluded it would be in Mamaroneck’s best interest to continue searching for someone to fill the [permanent] position. “”We’ve now interviewed several potential interim principals, and we’ve asked two of them to return next week for final interviews. We’re optimistic about these candidates and believe either one of them would be a good fit for MHS. We hope to make a final decision next week, when we have the opportunity to sit down with both of them again.”
“Paul and Bob sat down, pooled their resources, reached out to their own networks and started talking to people specifically about the interim, once they knew they were headed in that direction,” said Debbie Manetta, spokesperson for the district. “We’ve been fortunate to have not one, but two, superintendents involved in the search.”
The search for a permanent principal will resume in January of 2011, and the aim is to have that person begin in July of that year.
Mamaroneck High School currently has 1,458 students. According to SeeThroughNY, Dr. Orfinger’s salary was $168,390 in 2008.
Editor’s Note: As more details are known about the interim search, the Gazette will update this article.