Schroon superintendent search down to four finalists

SCHROON LAKE-The Schroon Lake Central School Board of Education this week pared down its superintendent search to four candidates, who will be interviewed again March 21 and 22 by board members and two panels of stakeholders.

On Wednesday, March 16, board members trimmed their candidate pool down to four after interviewing nine applicants over three days, March 14-16, according to School Board Clerk Lisa DeZalia, who is also the superintendent's secretary. The final four candidates will be interviewed again on Monday and Tuesday, March 21 and 22. Board members will then choose two finalists. The names of the applicants are not being released until the two finalists are chosen.

Schroon Lake Central School Board President John Armstrong said the board members have been "very pleased" with the quality of applicants so far, and he looks forward to Round Two.

"Our goal in Round Two is to spend a lot of time with them," Armstrong said. "We really want to get to know these four very seriously. We've got four very, very good candidates."

On March 21 and 22, the four superintendent candidates will spend a day in Schroon Lake, from noon to about 9 p.m., with two people interviewed each day. They will start out by having lunch with a couple of School Board members at local restaurants, then head to the school, where they will be interviewed separately by two panels: a three-member group of teachers and a five-member group consisting of two community members, two support staffers, and one student representative. Those interviews will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The applicants will then meet at 6 p.m. with the School Board for interviews.

By March 25, the School Board will have chosen the final two candidates, who will be invited back for more interviews during the week of March 28. The following week, School Board members will make site visits to the finalists' hometowns. And the name of the new school superintendent is expected to be announced during the week of April 11, according to Armstrong.

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