Interim Superintendent Named for Carmel Central School District

The Carmel Central School District Board of Education has appointed Joseph McGrath as the Interim Superintendent of the district beginning July 1, 2023. The appointment was approved at the regular meeting of the Board of Education on June 6.  

He will serve as the Interim Superintendent until a permanent Superintendent is selected.  


McGrath joined Carmel Central School District in 2021 as the district’s Director of Instructional Technology and CIO and has proven himself as a transformative leader during his short time in the district. He was instrumental in transforming Carmel’s technology program toward a focus on instruction while inspiring necessary change in our technology infrastructure and systems. McGrath is a highly regarded leader in the field of technology that is passionate about making a difference in the school system with a focus on continuous improvement. 

In the previous two decades, he supported the children of the Mount Vernon school district in a similar instructional technology role. Prior to that, McGrath served as a special education teacher in the New York City school system for several years and became a pioneer in the use of instructional technology as a way to support his students. 

McGrath holds a master’s degree in Urban Multi-Cultural Education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and a master’s degree in School Supervision and Administration from Mercy College. He is a Consortium for School Network (CoSN) Nationally Certified Education Technology Leader and was recognized earlier this year with a Transforming Education through Leadership & Learning Award for the second time in his career. McGrath has several years of experience working as a member of the Board of Education in another community.

“We are confident he will lead us with the growth mindset, steadfast integrity and Carmel pride needed as we prepare to conduct an extensive search for our next Superintendent,” said the Board of Education in a statement after unanimously selecting McGrath as the Interim Superintendent.

“I am both grateful and humbled by the opportunity to serve the Carmel Central School District community,” said McGrath. “This district is an amazing place with incredible people. I look forward to working closely with the Board of Education, our staff and other stakeholders over the next few months to ensure all our students are supported and successful.”

The Board of Education expects the search for a new superintendent to take several months and it will be working closely with Westchester Putnam School Boards Association, New York State School Boards Association, PNW BOCES and the district’s legal team during the process.

The Board of Education will discuss and finalize a specific search timeline at a regular board meeting, immediately following its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m., at Carmel High School. The Board is committed to keeping students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community at large as an integral part of the process.