Superintendent Search

On this page, you can find the most up-to-date information about the ongoing search for our next district superintendent.

Ichabod Crane community members are encouraged to contact the board directly at their email address if they have any questions about the superintendent search.

(January 8, 2020)

Mr. Thomson will officially start as District Superintendent on Monday, February 3, 2020.

(December 18, 2019)

The Ichabod Crane Board of Education has appointed Mr. Jason Thomson as the next District Superintendent of Schools. The Board officially appointed Mr. Thomson at a special board meeting in the High School Library on Wednesday, December 18.

Mr. Thomson and his family were in attendance at the meeting to accept his official appointment in person. They wasted no time becoming better acquainted with the district community by attending the annual High School Winter Concert immediately following the board meeting.

Mr. Thomson will succeed current Interim District Superintendent, Lee Bordick, and begin his role in February 2020. Mr. Bordick has served as Interim Superintendent since July 2019 and will continue leading the district until Mr. Thomson’s official start date.

Mr. Thomson comes to Ichabod Crane after serving as Superintendent of Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi, NY for the past nine years. He began his education career as a High School Special Education Teacher and Middle School Health Educator Teacher. He has a wide range of school administrative experience, serving as Director of Special Education, Building Principal and Vice-Principal during his career.

Thanks go to the Board for their many hours planning, meeting and interviewing during the search process. Further thanks go to the district stakeholders, students and community members who participated in this process.

Check back in the coming weeks for more information about Mr. Thomson.


(September 30, 2019)

As of today, the Superintendent Application Brochure is available online here and below, along with a brief message from the Board.

The search consultants and Board of Education collaborated onthe brochure you see here

Input from the community and stakeholder groups contributed significantly to the content of the brochure.

The brochure will be used to provide essential information to candidates about the District, community and the opportunities that await our next Superintendent.


Scroll down to see a summary of the community stakeholders feedback about the desired characteristics and abilities of the next Ichabod Crane Superintendent.

(September 27, 2019)

Below is an update from the Ichabod Crane Board of Education summarizing the results of the feedback gathered from our community stakeholders through the online survey and focus group sessions.

Search consultants Drs. Ramming and Lawrence recently provided the Board with a summary of the feedback stakeholders contributed through the online survey and focus group sessions. The information we received will continue to help inform the Board in our decision-making process.


Over the course of four weeks, 296 respondents from various stakeholder groups completed the survey. On September 9th, 104 stakeholders participated in focus group input sessions.


In terms of the desired qualities, the feedback from stakeholders revealed that the next Superintendent must be a leader who:

  • Possesses a positive demeanor/attitude/outlook
  • Is engaging and has a strong presence in schools/community
  • Is committed to the school district and community vs using Ichabod Crane CSD as a stepping stone for their career
  • Has positive and purposeful interactions with internal and external stakeholders
  • Is an effective communicator and collaborator

The top five preferred skills and experiences stakeholders felt the next Superintendent should possess are:

  1. The ability to create a positive school culture
  2. The ability to clearly identify problems and develop effective solutions
  3. The desire to have a strong presence in the schools and community
  4. A commitment to involving others in decision-making
  5. A strong commitment to improving student achievements/student success

Collectively, stakeholders identified these four areas of focus for the next Superintendent:

  •  Student performance
  • Staff relations
  • Community relations
  • Budget and finance

It is anticipated that the brochure advertising the vacancy will be available digitally and in hardcopy the week of September 30th.


The full report can be accessed here: Click to view the full Consultant’s Report


Thank you for all your input! Please continue to check back here for updates.



The Board of Education


(September 16, 2019)

Below is the anticipated timeline for our Superintendent Search which was handed out at the Community Forum on September 9, 2019. This anticipated timeline was created in collaboration with our search consultants: Drs. Teresa Lawrence and Tom Ramming.

Please note that dates are approximate and may vary slightly depending on candidate availability. Check back here regularly for up-to-date information.

Ichabod Crane Superintendent Search Anticipated Timeline

· September 13, 2019: Online Community Survey ends
· September 30 – October 28, 2019: Superintendent application period
· November 18 and 19, 2019: Board of Education interviews superintendent semi-finalists
· December 2-4, 2019: Board interviews superintendent finalists
· December 16, 2019: Board appoints the new superintendent
· January, 2020: Start date of the new superintendent


(September 13, 2019)

As of noon today, the online superintendent search survey is closed. Thank you to everyone in the community who took the survey and gave their feedback, your input is invaluable to our search for the next Ichabod Crane Superintendent.

(August 27, 2019) 

As of today, we’ve had 133 respondents to our online superintendent search survey. Thank you, everyone, who has taken the time to fill it out to date. The Board remains interested in stakeholder input. Please consider taking a few minutes and fill out the survey before September 13 so your input is heard.


(August 15, 2019) The Superintendent Search Community Survey is Now Live! Click and give your feedback.

The Community Survey is available from August 15 – September 13, 2019, Please read the short message below from our board of education before taking the survey

The Board feels it is very important to obtain community input about the desired characteristics of the next superintendent as well as the challenges and opportunities that they will encounter. To that end, an online survey has been posted and we strongly encourage everyone, from all stakeholder groups, to respond and provide their input. The survey can be found HERE and will be available until September 13th.
Everyone is encouraged to fill out the survey once. You can also cut and paste the link to the survey:  

Members of various stakeholder groups, (PTA, Boster club, CSEA, etc) are also encouraged to speak with their representatives who will be meeting with the consultants and share any additional input they might have.

We welcome everyone to the Open Community Forum with the consultants on the evening of September 9th, at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.

Our goal is to appoint a new superintendent at a special meeting on December 16, 2019 with an anticipated start date of January 21, 2019.
Please continue to check back for ongoing updates.
Board of Education


(August 12, 2019) 

The following is a message from the Ichabod Crane Board of Education President, Matthew Nelson, about the current state of our superintendent search and how it’s progressed in the last few months.

One of the few explicit responsibilities of a School Board is the hiring and evaluation of a Superintendent. We take that responsibility very seriously.


Since late May, the ICC Board of Education has been hard at work on our efforts to identify the next Superintendent to Schools for the Ichabod Crane Central School District.


We created a subcommittee of three (3) Board Members who were tasked with leading our efforts in the search for a new Superintendent. The Board also created a group of district and community stakeholders to provide us with insight and input into the key characteristics of the next Superintendent. These stakeholders met in June, and in July the Board met to review their feedback and discuss our next steps.


In early July the District issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), seeking responses from individuals or firms interested in assisting with our search efforts. In late July several members of the Board met with four respondents to the RFP; they subsequently recommended to the full Board that we move to hire the Western New York Educational Service Council, located at the University of Buffalo, to assist us in our search efforts. The Board approved a motion in support of this recommendation at our meeting on July 29th.


On Monday evening (8/5), the Board met with their Service Council’s consultants, Drs. Thomas Ramming and Teresa Lawrence, to map out the superintendent search timeline and process. I am pleased to provide the community with this update.


The Board feels it is very important to obtain community input about the desired characteristics of the next superintendent and the challenges and opportunities that they will encounter.


To that end, an online survey will be posted here on August 15th and will remain available online until Friday, September 13th. We strongly encourage everyone, from all stakeholder groups, to respond and provide their input. Hardcopies will be available at each school building and the district’s central office. Everyone is encouraged to fill out a survey once.


Additionally, the consultants will be meeting with stakeholder focus groups on Monday, September 9th; more information on those meetings will be shared here shortly.


There will also be an open forum to which all community members are invited on the early evening of Monday, September 9th; again more information to follow.


The Board has carefully weighed the option of conducting an open versus a closed search. With an open search, the finalists are typically interviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the community, parents, students and staff. In a closed search, the Board seeks stakeholder input with regard to the characteristics and qualifications for the next Superintendent of Schools and then works to ensure the confidentiality of the candidates while taking into account the input received by the stakeholders.


The Board wants to ensure that the search draws a very strong field of successful candidates and understands that confidentiality is critically important for highly successful candidates who do not want to jeopardize their current positions. Therefore, after thoughtfully and carefully deliberating the issue, the Board unanimously decided to conduct a closed search.


As such, it is imperative that community members and stakeholders respond to the survey. Stakeholders should speak with their representatives who will be meeting with the consultants on the 9th of September. We welcome everyone to the open session in the evening on this same day and encourage everyone to complete the online survey by September 13th.


Our goal is to appoint a new superintendent in December, with a tentative start date in January 2020.


Please check back here for ongoing updates.


If I can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any other member of the Board.

Matthew Nelson
President, ICC Board of Education