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Boyce says board will make the right choice for Massena superintendent


MASSENA - With a list whittled down to two candidates, Massena Central School Board President John R. Boyce says he wants to make sure they have the right candidate for the upcoming superintendent vacancy.

“At this point we have two options. We can either choose one of the two candidates we’ve got so far or, if we’re not happy, if it doesn’t work out, we can go out a third time. We need to make a good choice, and we’re going to make sure we make a good choice,” Mr. Boyce said.

The finalists for the position currently held by Interim Superintendent William W. Crist are Lisa L. Grenville and Dr. David J. Glover

Ms. Grenville, who currently works as a K-12 supervisor of special education for the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Education Services in Potsdam, had formerly served as elementary principal for five years and high school principal for one year at St. Lawrence Central School, as well as the director of special education for three years and director of instruction for a year.

Prior to coming to Brasher Falls, she served as a regional professional development specialist with Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES. She began her teaching career in 1992 as a special education teacher in a 12:1:1 program and later an 8:1:1 program with Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES. She also served seven years as a high school special education teacher for grades nine through 12 in the Malone Central School District.

Dr. Glover has served as Morristown Central School District superintendent since July 2009. He had previously served three years as high school principal at Hornell Central School District, assistant principal for a year at Horseheads High School for a year, and assistant principal for a year at Saratoga Springs High School.

He taught social studies for two years at Mount Morris High School and four years at Wayland-Cohocton High School. He began his teaching career in 1997 as an English teacher with the Reid Ross Middle School in Fayetteville, N.C.

Ms. Grenville was in the district Tuesday to meet with individual stakeholder groups and participate in a community forum. Dr. Glover will be in the district to meet with the stakeholder groups and participate in a community forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafeteria.

Mr. Boyce said they wanted to make sure they involved everybody in the stakeholder group process.

“We decided on five focus groups. One’s going to be students, one’s going to be teachers, one is administrators, one is support staff and the fifth is going to be a public forum,” he said. “The purpose is to get input from those groups so the board can make a decision.”

Mr. Crist will be leaving in March to take over as superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Syracuse. He had been named the interim superintendent after a search to replace Roger B. Clough II netted four applications.

Because Mr. Crist was only able to serve one year as interim superintendent, board members reopened their search process at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. He had retired from the Oswego City School District prior to taking over at Massena Central.

Twenty-five candidates had applied for the Massena position by the Nov. 15 deadline. That list was narrowed down in December.

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