Judith DeNova

Judith DeNova

Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews

Essex’s two current superintendents won’t be applying for the unified district’s lead position this fall, they announced in a letter Wednesday.

Mark Andrews and Judith DeNova, leaders of the Essex Town School District and the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, respectively, will remain in their current capacities until the unified district begins operation July 1, 2017.

“Our decision, made independent of one another, has everything to do with the career stage we find ourselves in; believing that it’s in the best interests of everyone that the first superintendent makes a multiyear commitment,” they wrote in a letter to the unified school board.

Their announcement comes a month before the unified school board planned to post the job opening.

The board has invited members from the three communities to join a search committee to screen candidates for the position.

“Our three communities are fortunate to have local boards and now a EWSD board that are unified in their values, beliefs and vision of what a quality education means for our youth,” DeNova and Andrews wrote.

“We will remain committed to working tirelessly over the next 10 months, doing all we can to ensure that the superintendent succession plan is executed with fidelity,” they added.