Hastings-on- Hudson Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps has informed his staff and board that he is a finalist for the position of superintendent in Mamaroneck. In what he characterized as a final step, the Mamaroneck School Board visited the Hastings schools on Tuesday, March 16.
The public information officer for Mamaroneck, Debbie Manetta, said the Mamaroneck School Board would not be commenting until the process is complete. She did confirm “that Dr. Shaps is a finalist,” and added, “we are in the final stages.”
On February 2, Mamaroneck School Board President Linnet Tse announced that there were three semi-finalists being considered for the position.
Dr. Shaps, 50, has been the superintendent in Hastings since August of 2006. His current salary is listed by SeeThroughNY.com as $235,434. Mamaroneck’s current superintendent, Dr. Paul Fried, 60, announced he would retire from the New York State in July, and has been hired to lead the schools in Montville, New Jersey. Dr. Fried’s final Mamaroneck salary is listed as $268,623.
Reined in Budgets
A message e-mailed to the community from the Hastings board of education on Monday, March 16, described Dr. Shaps as a finalist for the Mamaroneck position and said the board had “tremendous respect for the work Dr. Shaps has done in his four years here in Hastings, reining in the budget while fighting for high quality education.”
Dr. Shaps proposed budget for 2010-2011 would increase spending by 0% and raise taxes by 0.14%.
The message also said “we hope Dr. Shaps will choose to stay in Hastings.”
Should Mamaroneck choose Dr. Shaps (and should he accept), they will be getting a Westchester native with experience leading two other districts, one in Westchester and the other in Massachusetts.
According to information supplied by David Hayes, the Hastings public information officer, Dr. Shaps graduated from Scarsdale High School, earned an undergraduate degree in English from Hobart College, a Masters in Education from Harvard University and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
He was the superintendent of the Manchester Essex Regional School District in Manchester-by-the-Sea from 2003 to 2006 before coming to Hastings. Before that, he was principal of the Manchester Essex Regional High School and Middle School.
He began his educational career as a special education teacher, and then entered administration as assistant high school principal in Londonderry, New Hampshire.
Prior to becoming a teacher, he worked for a decade in a family business that involved developing joint ventures in agribusiness and technology with Eastern European countries and the former Soviet Union.
Dr. Shaps lives in Yonkers. He is married and has four children, ages 16 to 30, who attend or graduated from public schools.