GUILDERLAND: Superintendent search begins

"The board has to determine what it is most looking for in a superintendent," said Nagler.

Each district presents unique challenges, according to Nagler.

"What makes each school district's search different is each school has its own culture," she said, including size and parent involvement. Nagler said that like Guilderland, many more districts have begun to get their community involved in the process of finding superintendents.

"Guilderland is big on shared-decision making," said Weisz.

At the time of Aidala's announcement, Weisz said, "We're looking for the kind of things that a successful district of 5,800 students would look for in their chief officer."

At that same time, Weisz said he thought that Aidala had been committed and dedicated in his six years as the district superintendent.

"I think he's been a terrific superintendent and I'm disappointed he's choosing to leave," said Weisz, acknowledging that it was a personal decision on Aidala's part.

Aidala said that his decision to retire at the age of 56 wasn't because of any dissatisfaction he's had with the district.

"This has, professionally and personally, been a very rewarding experience for me in Guilderland," said Aidala.

Aidala spent 34 years as a teacher, administrator and also a superintendent in the Salem Central school district. He called his time spent in Guilderland the "pinnacle of his career" and said he is now ready to move on.

Nagler said that she thought the district was happy with Greg Aidala's service.

"I think if they had a clone, they'd be OK," she said.""

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