MASSENA - As their interim superintendent continues to get himself comfortable with his new surroundings, the Massena Central School Board of Education is getting the wheels rolling on finding a new superintendent who would begin in March.
Thomas R. Burns, superintendent for the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services, told school board members Monday night that their target is to have a new superintendent on the job by March 3.
Using that date, he said, they would construct a timeline working backward, with a public announcement of the new superintendent by Jan. 16.
Mr. Burns said their target date was Oct. 1 to revise a brochure that was used in the previous superintendent search after former Superintendent Roger B. Clough II tendered his resignation, which was effective June 30. That search netted four candidates, and board members ultimately opted to go with an interim superintendent. William W. Crist, who previously served as superintendent of the Oswego City School District, is filling that role for the 2013-14 school year.
Mr. Burns said they plan to use an online advertising system to announce the vacancy, as well as other mediums offered by the New York State School Boards Association and the New York State Council of School Superintendents.
Some of those candidates might be from out of the area. Weve received some out-of-state candidates, but not too many. You can throw those in the hopper and see their experience, he said.
Mr. Burns said the boards responsibility typically is to conduct initial interviews and narrow the candidates down before making their final selection. He suggested they would like to see five or six candidates for the initiative interview.
For the initial round, its important to get comfortable with five or six candidates, then narrow them down to a field of semifinalists. Ive seen anywhere between two and four, he said.
Board of education members would also need to identify stakeholder groups who could have a hand in the selection process, according to the BOCES superintendent.
They can give the board suggestions based on what theyve seen. I think you want to get a good cross-section, a good representation, he said.
As the process moved on, he said board members would solicit input from those groups before having candidates come back for a final round of interviews and extensive reference checks.
At that point hopefully the board has enough input to make a choice, Mr. Burns said.
As part of the interview process, board members could also choose to visit the candidates districts, he said.
Massena resident Robin N. Wolpin wondered if there would be a residency requirement for whomever was selected for the position. Board President John R. Boyce said that depended on the circumstances, such as a candidate who might already live in a neighboring community.
We would prefer, but its not going to be an absolute deal breaker if it comes down to it, he said.
The position will be advertised for up to $150,000 a year depending on experience, according to Mr. Boyce.