New district head sought in Mayfield

MAYFIELD – The Mayfield Central School District Board of Education will need to start another search for a superintendent after unsuccessful contract negotiations with the finalist for the position earlier this month.

According to a news release from the district, two finalists were brought before the board.

Clapper said the two candidates were Steve Schloicka, assistant superintendent of Gloversville Enlarged Central School, and Bill Furlong, assistant superintendent at Cazenovia Central School.

Furlong withdrew his application, Clapper said, while the contract negotiation with Schloicka failed. Clapper said he does not know why the contract negotiation was unsuccessful.

The school board will begin seeking interim superintendent candidates immediately and will reopen the search for a permanent superintendent early this winter.

“We’re going to start [looking for an interim superintendent] as soon as possible,” board President Ernie Clapper said.

He said starting a search for a permanent superintendent now would not provide a good pool of candidates.

Beginning July 1, Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Patrick Michel will serve as the district’s acting superintendent until a full-time interim superintendent can be appointed.

Current Interim Superintendent Joseph Natale, whose contract expires Monday, has accepted a position in another district for the upcoming school year.

Michel will serve at no cost to the district. Due to the demands of his schedule, however, Michel has advised the school board that a full-time interim must be appointed for the district as soon as possible, the release said.

More than 40 candidates applied for the permanent superintendent position. After initial interviews, the release said, the board narrowed the field to two finalists, both of whom were interviewed by staff and community committees.

“We are very disappointed as a board,” Clapper said in the release. “We felt we had two fine candidates who were highly rated by both our board and the committee process. It is most unfortunate that things did not work out and we couldn’t reach an agreement under the parameters the board had set.”

Clapper did speak highly of the candidates.

“If the next search produces candidates of their quality, we would be very happy,” Clapper said.