Elizabethtown-Lewis narrows Super search to three

— The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board of Education has narrowed its search for a new superintendent/principal to three candidates.

Interim Superintendent A. Paul Scott said the board picked the three during its Sept. 19 meeting.

“Roughly 20 individuals had expressed interest in the position,” Scott said. “At the Sept. 19 meeting, the board selected three individuals from the candidate pool to be invited for a preliminary first round of interviews.”

The school board is not releasing the names of the three candidates, but Scott said they will announce those at a later date.

“We will have more information on the specific candidates during the additional rounds of interviews,” he said.

Board president Brett Sicola said that all three candidates chosen by the board came with the qualifications, background and experiences they were seeking for the position.

“They all came highly recommended and we feel that each is a potentially great fit for our district and community,” Sicola said.

The three candidates will meet with the school board Sept. 26 for their first set of interviews.

Scott laid out the timetable for the rest of the interview process, including a set of early October second round interviews, which will include a committee of stakeholders representing various cross-sections of the school community, such as teachers and students. There will also be a third set of interviews during mid-October.

Sicola said that the board will stick to their three interviews even though the field has been narrowed to three candidates.

“We are going to do all three sets of interviews and stick to the timetable,” Sicola said.

He added that the board is looking forward to the interaction between the three candidates and the community interview participants.

“This is going to be a collaborative effort between the board and the community stakeholders,” Sicola said. “We are looking forward to their perspective and input.”

The appointment of a finalist candidate and establishment of an employment contract between the board and the finalist candidate is expected to take place the last week of October 2012. It’s expected the new superintendent/principal would start around Dec. 1.

Currently, Scott is serving as the interim superintendent with long-time ELCS teacher Cheryl Hutchins serving as interim principal. The school received the permission from the New York State Education Department to combine the two positions upon the hiring of the new administrator.

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