F-F eyes 3 candidates for job

FONDA – Fonda-Fultonville Central School District has narrowed its superintendent search to three candidates.

Interim Superintendent Raymond Colucciello said the district isn’t ready to release any names, but he’s confident the candidates are good choices.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for someone,” he said. “We’re fiscally sound; there’s a bond proposal being voted on May 20 for a capital project, so that’ll be exciting if that comes to pass, and it’s just a wonderful school district to work for.”

The school district has reviewed 48 applications since February. The Board of Education interviewed applicants twice in March and April.

The next step, Colucciello said, will be a committee of community members and district staff that will meet with the three remaining candidates. The committee will give the board its input on each candidate, and then the board will decide by June who they think will be best for the job.

Names of the committee members have not been released.

In a brochure created by the board, the skills and abilities being looked for in a superintendent include experience as an instructional leader, strong communication and writing skills, high integrity and open-mindedness. The district also is seeking someone who is a facilitator and possesses, or is eligible for, a New York state certification as a school district administrator, the brochure said.

Residency in the school district in preferred, the brochure says.

Colucciello said the board is prepared to give the new superintendent a three-year contract with a salary ranging from $120,000 to $140,000. The future superintendent would start serving on or before July 1, after Colucciello’s term ends.