Forest City superintendent in talks to take job in New York

JOHN KOPICKI

JOHN KOPICKI

BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL
Times Shamrock Writer

Forest City Regional School District may soon be looking for a new superintendent.

John Kopicki, who has led the Susquehanna County district since 2011, is in negotiations to become the new superintendent at Mahopac Central School District in Mahopac, N.Y., about 60 miles north of New York City. The district of 5,000 students is about five times larger than the student population at Forest City.

After considering two finalists, the Mahopac School Board decided last week to move forward with hiring Kopicki, the Mahopac News reported. If salary negotiations proceed as expected, Kopicki is expected to start his new job on July 1. Efforts to reach Kopicki were unsuccessful Saturday.

Kopicki, who is a former Scranton School District principal, has led Forest City through state budget cuts and implemented a program in which each student in seventh through 12th grades has a laptop to use in school and take home each night.

Forest City Regional School Board President Mary Emmett said directors are aware of Kopicki being considered for the Mahopac job but have not received a resignation notice yet.

“I think he’s done a great job,” she said.