Superintendent Search

Dr. Robert Shaps Selected as New Superintendent

A photograph of Dr. Robert Shaps

On December 20, 2023, the ORCSD School Board announced that Dr. Robert Shaps had been selected as new superintendent of the Oyster River Cooperative School District.

Dr. Shaps will start on July 1, 2024. He will succeed Superintendent Dr. James C. Morse Sr., who is retiring in June 2024 after 12 years of dedicated service to the Oyster River community.

The full press release is available here.

A photo of Superintendent Morse, School Board Members, and Dr. Robert Shaps.

Superintendent Dr. James Morse, School Board members, and Dr. Robert Shaps.

Left to right: Superintendent Morse, Vice-Chair Matthew Bacon, Heather Smith, Thomas Newkirk, Dr. Robert Shaps, Giana Gelsey, Brian Cisneros, Daniel Klein, and Chair Denise Day.

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Search Process Timeline

A graphic image explaining the next steps are in September to host focus groups, October data will be used to create a candidate profile, in November the School Board will appoint a screening committee, and in December candidates will visit the district.


To view the ORCSD School Board Letter published August 17, 2023, please click on the link below.