Tentative HCS ES Principal Search Timeline

October 19, 2020

Dear HCS Family,

I hope that you all had a great weekend.  The fall foliage is certainly spectacular right now!

I am reaching out with two important updates this morning surrounding our Continuity of Instruction Plan in the event of a short term closure and the tentative timeline for our Elementary Principal vacancy search.

Continuity of Instruction During Short Term Closure(s)Plan
COVID CLOSURE WORK ENVELOPES will be sent home with all of our elementary students today, 10/19, as outlined in our Continuity of Instruction During Short Term Closure(s) Plan. This plan was shared with the community last week and was developed in collaboration with our PreK-12 teaching staff. The plan articulates the steps we will take in the event of a sudden closure due to DOH guidance surrounding confirmed COVID-19 cases and/or contact tracing. Note: We have NO INDICATION that we will need to move to a model of 100% remote learning, we are simply being proactive in the articulation of a plan should we need to do so.  It is our sincerest hope that we do not NEED to execute a Short Term Closure, but we prefer to take a proactive approach to ensure our continuity of instruction and operations.

HCS Elementary Principal Search Anticipated Timeline
When it comes to school related factors influencing academic achievement, research suggests that the role of the principal is exceeded only by the quality of teachers working directly with students. With this in mind, we will be conducting a thorough search for the next Honeoye Central School District Elementary Principal.

To help guide our hiring process, we will be putting together a leadership profile for our next Elementary Principal.  I hope that families and community members will consider taking this brief survey to share the qualities/leadership attributes believed are most important for the position and for a “leadership fit” at HCS.    

In addition, if you are an HCS elementary parent/guardian and interested in serving on a stakeholder hiring committee, please send me a quick email (bridget.ashton@honeoye.org) at some point before October 30. To participate in this process, you would need to be able to attend a question-writing session which will be scheduled some time during the period of November 9 - November 11 and commit to interviewing candidates on November 23 - 24. (More detailed information will be provided once the committees have been identified.)

Thank you for your support, and for taking the time to provide input in the hiring of our next Elementary Principal at Honeoye Central School District.

HCS Elementary Principal Search Anticipated Timeline:

  • October 15 - November 11: HCS Elementary Principal Application Period
  • October 19: Initial communication with internal and external stakeholders
  • October 19: Meeting with administrative cabinet to discuss timeline and process parameters
  • October 20: Meeting with ES Faculty to discuss timeline and process parameters
  • October 19 - October 30: Internal and external individuals identified for stakeholder group interview committees
  • October 19 - October 30: Development of ES principal leadership profile
  • November 9 - November 10: Creation of stakeholder interview questions and performance Tasks
  • November 12 - November 13: Vetting of candidate credentials
  • November 16 - November 18: Cabinet Interviews
  • Note: Cabinet members will provide feedback and confidence ratings to the superintendent.
  • November 23 - November 24: Stakeholder Interviews
  • Note: Stakeholder committee groups will provide feedback and confidence ratings to the superintendent.
  • November 30 - December 2: Reference checking on finalists
  • November 30 - December 2: Finalist interviews with the Superintendent
  • November 30 - December 2: Introductions of finalists to the Board of Education
  • December 9: Board of Education appointment of HCS Elementary Principal
  • January 1: HCS Elementary Principal Start Date

Despite the uncertainty and unsettled feeling while in the eye of the COVID-19 storm, I could not be more grateful or proud to weather the storm as a Bulldog. Thank you for your unwavering support of our district.  #bulldogpride

As always, if you have any questions about the information in this letter, or otherwise, please feel free to reach out to me.  

Warmest Regards,
E. Bridget Ashton

Elizabeth Bridget Ashton
Superintendent, Honeoye Central School District
8528 Main Street
Honeoye, New York 14471
On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton