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Brushton-Moira, St. Regis Falls set Nov. 1 deadline for superintendent search applicants


ST. REGIS FALLS - The St. Regis Falls and Brushton-Moira central school boards have set a Nov. 1 deadline for applications as they seek to fill a joint superintendent’s post.

Franklin, Essex, and Hamilton Counties BOCES District Superintendent Steve Shafer advised the two boards to set the application deadline for Nov. 1 so they can begin first-round interviews in November and second-round interviews in December in order to have someone in place by February or March.

The boards plan to hold joint meetings at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at St. Regis Falls and at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Brushton-Moira to review applications.

First-round interviews were scheduled for for Nov. 26 and 27 and second-round interviews will be held during the week of Dec. 3, where a committee comprised of teachers, students, parents, and administrators from both districts will review the applicants and make recommendations for the boards to make an appointment by late December.

Mr. Shafer said the joint boards had received five applications as of last week, but he sad he expects that number to grow over the next few weeks. Often you get the bulk of the applications near the deadline,” he said.

After an appointment is made, the current shared superintendent, Beverly Ouderkirk, said her successor’s start date will depend on their current employment status and experience.

“We are hoping to have someone in office by Feb. 1,” according to Ms. Ouderkirk. “But it depends on whether they are a sitting administrator and whether they have to give a notice of resignation of 30 to 90 days.”

If the appointee has not served as a superintendent before, Ms. Ouderkirk said she may have to mentor the individual before she fully resigns.

Ms. Ouderkirk has been the superintendent for St. Regis Falls Central School for three year and has just started her second year as shared superintendent at Brushton-Moira Central School. Her current salary is $137,500.

Ms. Ouderkirk was selected to be the shared superintendent by both districts’ boards in the late spring of 2011 and started at Brushton-Moira officially July 1. “I did it because we don’t just need to think outside the box. We need to step outside the box in terms of public education reform,” she said.

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