BEACON, N.Y. -- Following a nationwide search and a turnover of nine school chiefs over the past decade, the Beacon City School District has chosen a new superintendent to take over for 2017-18 school year, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Matthew Landahl, currently the deputy superintendent of the Ithaca City School District, is expected to be confirmed during a District meeting Thursday, said the Journal.
He was selected after being vetted by the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. The firm was used in hopes of finding a superintendent who would stay and put an end to the high turnover rate, added the Journal.
Landahl who is entering his 21st year in education was raised in a family of educators, his mom was a 30-year public school teacher in suburban Chicago, according to Ithaca School District officials.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Iowa, he worked for the Baltimore City Public Schools through the Teach For America organization. During his five years in Baltimore, Landahl taught fourth and fifth grade and created and led a grant-funded summer program for the students at the school.
Following his time in Baltimore, Landahl became an administrator in Charlottesville, Va., while he pursued his graduate studies at the University of Virginia in education administration and supervision.
After serving as an assistant principal for three years at the elementary and middle levels, he worked as an elementary principal at two different schools for 11 years. During his tenure as a principal, he received many awards including“Outstanding Principal” in 2011.
He moved with his family to Ithaca in 2013 to become the chief elementary schools officer in the Ithaca City School District before becoming deputy superintendent.
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