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NORFOLK - Norwood-Norfolk Central School Board of Education members are reviewing a draft recruiting brochure prepared by the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services that will be used to help attract a new superintendent to the district.

The board is working with BOCES on their search to replace Superintendent Elizabeth A. Kirnie, who will be retiring in 2013.

“There are a couple of items we need to discuss before it gets put into its final form,” board President Jon Hazen told other board members Tuesday night.

Among them, he said, was the proposed salary range listed in the brochure.

The draft brochure distributed to board members indicated a salary range of $114,000 to $130,000 commensurate with the individual’s experience and background.

A timeline contained in the brochure indicates that applications will be accepted until Dec. 1, followed by a “rolling interview process” from January to March 2013.

The board of education will have the final say in who is selected for the position, and the timeline indicates they would make an appointment in April 2013, with the new superintendent starting on July 1, 2013.

The successful candidate, who must have New York certification as a school district administrator or school district leader, will be offered a three-year contract with an annual performance review. While experience as a superintendent is desired, it’s not required, according to the brochure.

Residency in the community is “desired” by the board, the brochure says, “to allow for active participation in school and community events.”

The new superintendent will take over a district that has 1,016 students - 461 in pre-kindergarten to grade four, 293 in grades five through eight and 262 in grades nine through 12. The staff includes 85 instructional members and 77 non-instructional members, and the district’s budget is $19.5 million.

The draft brochure also touts the school district and its program offerings, as well as the north country region.

Mrs. Kirnie has been the district superintendent since Dec. 18, 2006. The post had previously been held by James “Jake” Short, who left to take over as superintendent of the Plattsburgh City School District in the summer of 2006. Jay Kilcoyne, who had retired after serving as superintendent at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School served as the interim superintendent until Mrs. Kirnie arrived in the district.

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