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Massena Central Board of Education appoints consultant for superintendent search

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MASSENA - The Massena Central School Board of Education appointed a consultant Thursday night to assist them with their superintendent search.

Alan D. Pole from the firm of Castallo and Silky in the Syracuse area will be begin work July 29 at a rate of $14,000 - $7,000 when he begins and $7,000 when the search is concluded - as well as for reimbursable expenses.

Board President John R. Boyce said Mr. Pole will largely perform many of the same functions as Thomas R. Burns, superintendent of the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services, when he assisted the district on their initial superintendent search. That search was narrowed down to two candidates, both of whom were rejected by the board.

“It breaks the BOCES attachment for lack of a better term,” Mr. Boyce said.

In addition, Mr. Boyce said, consulting for superintendent searches is Mr. Pole’s primary job, while Mr. Burns had several roles in addition to assisting districts with their searches.

“With Alan, it’s all he does,” he said.

Interim Superintendent William H. Flynn said Mr. Pole has consulted on 70 superintendent searches and comes highly qualified and highly recommended. He retired in September 2008 as the BOCES district superintendent for the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES after 18 years in this role.

Before that, Mr. Pole spent 16 years at the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES in several key positions, including personnel director, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent. As district superintendent, he conducted numerous superintendent searches for local component districts in his supervisory district, according to Mr. Flynn.

Mr. Pole has also been involved in several school district reorganization studies in and outside his BOCES, he said. He joined Castallo & Silky as an associate in fall 2008.

Mr. Boyce said they will hold a special board of education meeting on July 29 to begin working with Mr. Pole.

The district has been without a full-time superintendent since the departure of Roger B. Clough II at the end of June 2013. The board of education used the services of the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and ended up with two finalists, Lisa L. Grenville and Dr. David J. Glover, but opted not to hire either of them.

Instead, they elected to hire one acting superintendent and two interim superintendents. Retired St. Lawrence Central School Superintendent Stephen M. Putman was acting superintendent in July 2013 until the arrival of Interim Superintendent William W. Crist, who served from August until the end of February when he left for another position as superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Syracuse.

Mr. Flynn took over as interim superintendent at the beginning of March for an indeterminate length of time. He retired as superintendent of the Ogdensburg City School District on June 30, 2006 and also served as interim principal at Massena Central’s Nightengale Elementary School in 2013.

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