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Two finalists selected in search for Wbg. school system CEO

Tim Lawson, Superintendent of Warrensburg Central Schools, takes a break in his office. Lawson is to retire this November, completing a 22-year career as an administrator at Warrensburg and Minerva School districts.

Tim Lawson, Superintendent of Warrensburg Central Schools, takes a break in his office. Lawson is to retire this November, completing a 22-year career as an administrator at Warrensburg and Minerva School districts. Photo by Thom Randall.

Two elementary school principals now working in Saratoga County have been chosen as top candidates for the position of Superintendent of the Warrensburg Central School District.

Officials of the Warrensburg school system announced May 24 that the two finalists in their search for a new CEO for the school system are Kevin Froats — principal of Dorothy Nolan Elementary School in Saratoga Springs — and John Goralski, elementary principal at the Stillwater Central School District.

Both candidates were asked by the Warrensburg school board to present an “entrance plan” to the public this next week.

Goralski will offer his plan on June 4, and Froats is scheduled to do so June 5. Both presentations are set for 4:15 p.m. in the high school library.

School officials anticipate that the principals’ presentations will last about an hour.

All area citizens, parents and staff are invited to the presentations

Afterwards, the board will conduct final interviews with an aim of selecting the next superintendent.

WCS school board president Laura Danna said in a prepared statement that both finalists were well qualified.

“The board feels confident that both Mr. Froats and Mr. Goralski have the skills and attributes to connect with our community and lead our district into the future,” she said.

Danna said the school board plans to appoint a superintendent at its June 24 meeting. The new superintendent is expected to start working Nov. 30 in the position, which has an annual salary — yet to be determined — in the range of $115,000 to $135,000.

The local Board of Cooperative Educational Services oversaw the search process. Two advisory committees of faculty members, students, their parents, school administrators and area citizens assisted in the selection of candidates.

Area BOCES superintendent James Dexter said in a prepared statement that the board conducted multiple interviews and received feedback on both candidates from the advisory committees.

“I was pleased with the professional and rigorous process that the Board put in place,” he said, adding that he and the board appreciated the work accomplished by the 22 people serving on the two advisory panels. “Both committees conducted their assigned tasks in a professional and thoughtful manner.”

The search for a new top officer of the Warrensburg School District was prompted by the announced retirement of Timothy Lawson, who has served as superintendent of the Warrensburg public schools for about a decade. Lawson’s last day as superintendent at WCS is Nov. 29.

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