LCSD hosts super candidate

Only hours ago did the Liverpool community lay their eyes on the standout candidate for the district's superintendent position. Dr. Richard Nick Johns, the current superintendent for Webutuck Central School District in Amenia, N.Y., underwent several interview sessions throughout the day, including focus groups with LCSD administrators, teachers and students.

"It was a very long day and it's not over yet," said LCSD board president J. Mark Lawson. "The process involved well over 100 people."

The district hosted a community forum at 4:45 p.m. at the district office so that the community could ask questions and hear from the candidate personally. Dr. Jessica Cohen, superintendent of BOCES and search consultant narrated the forum and fielded questions that attendants wrote on note cards.

With his 30-plus years of experience in public school education, he said he has a predictable and credible reputation.

"I strongly support kids to become strong, productive and successful adults," said Johns about the hopes he has for students he works with.

Johns said that he understands the district has undergone several unfortunate experiences such as losing trust in its superintendent. Trust is a major part of Johns' philosophy in education.

{Q}"If a board doesn't trust the superintendent to run the district and things are going on that don't work for the board," Johns said. "You need a new superintendent."{Q}

After the community forum, the new and current board members were set to meet with Johns once again to have a group interview and discussion.

Thus far, board president Lawson said he sees many qualities in Johns that he thinks are a good fit for the board.

"He's very personable and down to earth," Lawson said.

Board member Donna Marsh O'Connor said she is excited about having Johns visit the district.

"I think he would be the perfect fit for the district," she said. "He would really fix a big broken piece in the community."

Look for the full story on the LCSD superintendent candidate in next week's Star-Review.

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