Super search shows progress

After the four-plus month Liverpool Central School District "super search," the community finally laid eyes on one of the final candidates the board of education sees as a front runner.

On Thursday June 4, the district held a community forum while hosting Dr. Richard Nick Johns, the current superintendent of schools in the Webutuck Central School District in Amenia, N.Y. Johns has been identified by the board as a "top candidate in the superintendent search."

The district held several interviews and performed numerous preliminary checks before deciding to bring Johns to Liverpool for a solid day of interviews and school-wide focus groups. The community forum also gave district residents the chance to fill out feedback forms after Johns' answered questions from attendants.

The feedback gave attendants the opportunity to share their thoughts on the candidate's strengths, weaknesses, chance of "fitting in" to the superintendent position in Liverpool and other additional comments could also be included.

Johns said he enjoyed meeting the Liverpool faculty, staff and students.

"It was a pleasure to meet some of the seniors today," Johns said. "If chosen as your superintendent I would like to try to implement a way to show appreciation for the staff's efforts and hard work."

More than 30 community members attended the forum and filled out note cards with questions for Johns. Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES District Superintendent Jessica Cohen attended the forum to narrate the questions collected from the audience. The LCSD appointed Cohen to assist during the super search process.

"It's been a very long day," LSCD board president J. Mark Lawson said. "Well over 100 people were included in the interview process."

Lawson said the interviewing held on June 4 included group interviews with teachers, administration and focus groups including students. After the community forum Thursday night, the new and current board members held a private interview session with Johns.

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