Osborne leading candidate for ELCS superintendent post

— A former K-12 principal at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School is now the lone candidate for the combined position of superintendent/principal.

Scott Osborne, who formerly worked at ELCS and currently serves as the primary school principal for the Peru Central School District, was the lone candidate interviewed Oct.3 by the ELCS school board and members of a community “stakeholders,” committee, representing various cross-sections of the school community including teachers, students and others.

“On Monday, we were told that one of the two candidates that the board was considering for the position wanted to have their name withdrawn from consideration,” Interim superintendent A. Paul Scott said. “That left us with Mr. Osborne coming back for a second round of interviews.”

Scott said he is very familiar with Osborne, as the two worked together when Scott was the superintendent for the Peru district.

“When I started at Peru, he was a teacher there,” Scott said. “While I was there, he progressed in experiences and leadership roles, including coming to Elizabethtown-Lewis as their K-12 building principal. He has a broad range of administrative experience and he is certainly a capable and skillful school administrator.”

Scott said that he would have no part in deciding whether or not Osborne would receive an offer for the position, which would have been the case whether or not he had a previous working history with the candidate.

After an opening round of interviews with three candidates, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board of Education was prepared to hold a second round of interviews with two of the candidates Oct. 3.

Once the second candidate withdrew, the board opted to continue with the interview process to include community input. Scott also said the board may schedule a third round of interviews if necessary.

The new hire would fill the combined role of superintendent and principal, which were held last school year by Gail Else and Jennifer Bull, respectively. Currently, Scott and teacher Cheryl Hutchins hold the positions on an interim basis.

Scott said the board expects the new superintendent/principal would start service on or about Dec. 1.

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