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North Salem Central School District Announces New Superintendent

Doug Wilsom The North Salem Central Board of Education is pleased to announce the anticipated appointment of Dr. Duncan Wilson as the district's new Superintendent of Schools. Wilson's extensive knowledge, professional background, and strong beliefs regarding communication and building unity in the community made him the unanimous choice of the Board of Education.

"The Board of Education was impressed with the depth of experience that Dr. Wilson will bring to North Salem. His commitment to children and his enthusiasm for instructional leadership were immediately apparent," said board member Deb D'Agostino, who coordinated the search.

Last year, the board engaged the services of the executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates. The consultant evaluated 38 applications and presented a slate to the Board of Education. Over several days, the board conducted comprehensive interviews with a strong field of candidates. Dr. Wilson emerged as the board's unanimous choice, and it will vote to appoint him at the next meeting on Wednesday, February 2.

"Dr. Wilson's training and background will be a fantastic asset for our schools and community. Looking forward, I am excited for the district," said board President Andrew Brown.

The board expressed gratitude for Dr. Ken Freeston's years of dedicated service to the district and wished him well on his retirement. It noted that among Freeston's many accomplishments is a commitment to educational performance through participation in groups such as the Tri-State Consortium. Dr. Wilson, also a consortium participant, shares that vision.

The board is also poised to appoint Dr. Adam VanDerStuyf to the position of Deputy Superintendent at the upcoming meeting. This advancement represents an expansion of his current role as Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services.

Dr. Wilson will be joining the district on July 1, 2023. The board is grateful to the teachers, administrators, staff, students, and parents who provided critical feedback and support throughout the superintendent search process.