Superintendent searches continue

Local school districts are narrowing down their searches for full-time superintendents.

According to Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Patrick Michel, four local districts, Fonda-Fultonville Central, Mayfield Central, Northville Central and Lake Pleasant Central School are in the process of looking for full-time superintendents for their school districts.

The interim superintendents at Mayfield, Northville and Fonda-Fultonville, as well as the full-time superintendent at Lake Pleasant, will be stepping down to make way for their replacements once they have been hired, Michel said.

According to Michel, HFM BOCES has been assisting F-FCS, Mayfield and Northville in these searches. Michel said they have run community round table meetings at some districts such as Mayfield to allow parents and staff to voice their concerns for the new superintendent.

Fonda-Fultonville, Mayfield and Northville districts received roughly 30 or 40 applications for superintendent, Michel said, but this does not mean every one of the applicants were qualified or a good fit for the district.

Michel said some districts look for something in particular for a superintendent, such as a good business leader or one who understands Common Core and educational needs.

“Everybody wants someone who is good at both, but that is rare,” Michel said.

Mayfield Central School

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According to Michel, officials at the district are currently going through applications submitted to the district by the March 14 deadline. Joseph Natale, interim superintendent for the district, said the board is narrowing down its search.

Natale said the full-time superintendent will face concerns over finance, Common Core and other problems

“All of our school districts in the area are facing the same challenges,” Natale said. “… I don’t see anything that sets us apart, per se.”

Natale said the new superintendent will come into a district where parents and faculty are very invested in the children and the district.

“It is their district; they really feel a sense of belonging,” Natale said.

Natale said the district hopes to have a superintendent ready by the end of the school year. The salary will be roughly $110,000 to $140,000 annually.

Fonda-Fultonville Central School District

Ray Colucciello, interim superintendent, said the school’s Board of Education will want a proactive superintendent.

“I think they are looking at someone forward looking,” Colucciello said. “The biggest challenge, I think, will be continuing our fiscal oversight during these tough economic times.”

Colucciello said he knows the public would want someone who works well with the board and residents, as well as someone who can keep the district fiscally sound and functional.

“Academically, we are a solid school district, and [the board will] want to keep it that way,” Colucciello said.

Colucciello, who started in December of 2012, is the second temporary superintendent in a row for Fonda-Fultonville. Michel initially replaced Superintendent James Hoffman, who left in June 2012 to become the superintendent at the Averill Park Central School District in Rensselaer County.

According to Michel, the district has several finalists for the superintendent position and will be making a selection “in the near future.” The salary will be roughly $110,000 to $140,000 annually.

Northville Central School District

Interim Superintendent Debra Lynker said choosing a full-time superintendent is up to the Board of Education.

“I think from my experience, they are going to want someone who is very community-minded,” Lynker said.

Lynker said she does not expect the new superintendent to face any unique struggles at the district.

“There are pressures at every school district,” Lynker said.

Lynker stepped up in October of 2012, replacing Kathy Dougherty, who retired. Michel said the Board of Education is currently going through applicants, and are down to the finalists, but would not give an exact hire date.

Lake Pleasant Central School District

According to Michel, Superintendent Ernest D. Virgil will be retiring sometime this year. Michel said Virgil will stay as the superintendent until a replacement has been found.

The Board of Education has begun discussions on the search for a new superintendent, Michel said.