New Superintendent For Saugerties Central Schools
Saugerties CSD Appoints Reinhardt as Superintendent
SAUGERTIES—The Saugerties Central School District Board of Education has appointed local educator Kirk P. Reinhardt as the District’s new Superintendent of Schools. Seven of the nine trustees voted to approve the appointment during a
Board of Education meeting on March 19, with one member abstaining
because of a current professional relationship with Reinhardt and another who was absent.
Reinhardt is replacing Seth Turner, who left the District to take another position in 2018. Reinhardt, a Port Ewen resident, is currently the principal at Kingston High School (KHS), a campus with 1,900 students. Since taking over the leadership of KHS, he has played an instrumental role in executing a $137 million capital project on the campus and also helped raise the academic achievement levels to bring the school into “good standing” with the New York State Department of Education.
Reinhardt, a 1982 graduate of KHS, began his educational career as a math teacher at New Paltz High School in 1991. He also served as the New Paltz Varsity Football coach from 1996-2000, in which time the team was the Section IX runner-up twice.
In 2001 he became the physics teacher at KHS, advancing to become the department’s director of Math, Science, and Technology in 2012. He was appointed as principal in 2014.
In addition to his educational leadership and qualifications, Reinhardt served in the United States Army for three years following his graduation from high school and in New York Army National Guard for another 17 years, where he was a non-commissioned officer. He served in Iraq and was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the third highest award for leadership while in combat.
Reinhardt graduated from SUNY Ulster in 1987 and then attended SUNY New Paltz where he received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Mathematics Secondary Education. He then went on to earn a School District and Building Leader Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY New Paltz.
Reinhardt is thrilled to have been selected for the position and is eager to take on new challenges in Saugerties. “The process on getting hired was hard work, but very professional. It’s been an amazing journey, and I look forward to this opportunity,” said Reinhardt.
Among his immediate goals is increasing graduation rates and offering more opportunities for early college access. “I want to drill down and see what’s going on behind the curtain – find out what the stop gaps are, speak with staff, look at AP [advanced placement] courses, and showcase the multiply pathways for graduation,” he explained. “My approach to education is to be transparent and advocate for student success,” Reinhardt says he often attends athletic games and invites parents to talk about their concerns and achievements. “I’m visible and accessible. I will continue that in Saugerties.”
Ulster BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charles Khoury led the six-month superintendent search process, which was advertised broadly throughout New York State and the surrounding area. Prior to interviews, the District conducted a community survey, organized a public community meeting, and held several focus group discussions with stakeholders, including parents, PTA leaders, teachers, and administrators, to discover the qualities and characteristics most wanted by constituent groups.
Approximately 40 applications, which included video statements from candidates, were reviewed. Four finalists were selected for interviews, with the Board of Education making the final decision.
Saugerties Board of Education President Robert Thomann said, “Mr. Reinhardt was chosen because among all of the candidates for the position he was able to articulate a clear and comprehensive vision for the future of the Saugerties School District. His background demonstrates that he possesses the qualifications to make that vision a reality. He has proven leadership skills.”
Reinhardt was offered a three-year contract with $180,000 salary. His official start date is July 1, 2019.