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Interim superintendent search underway at JE

The Jordan-Elbridge school board appointed Bill Speck interim district superintendent at Wednesday's meeting. Jeanne Pieklik was the only board member to vote in opposition.

Speck's appointment puts him in charge of finding a true interim superintendent to serve until June 30. Speck, District Superintendent of Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, said he would serve as interim until a replacement was found.

Speck and the board interviewed four "viable candidates" the night before; all were retired superintendents applying strictly for an interim position.

"It's not only the board and myself interviewing the candidate, but to some degree, it's the candidate interviewing the Jordan-Elbridge School District," he said. "I have been as honest as I can be in explaining the situation."

Speck said he was not here to smooth over the situation.

"We're in trouble in Jordan-Elbridge. I want you to clearly understand the "we" in that," he said. "I'm at this table tonight with a strong commitment from BOCES to see this thing through with your board and with this community to make sure we come out the other end of this with a solid, good leader."

Speck said he and the board could have a decision by Tuesday. The four candidates are:

Larry Zacher - former superintendent of Mayville and Whitesboro schools.

Fred Thomsen - Former superintendent of Fabius-Pompey and East Syracuse-Minoa schools.

Gordon Klumpp - 30 years in the Groton school district as principal and superintendent.

Joseph Coleman - former Lafayette High School principal and superintendent.

Zacher, Thomsen and Klump all have experience as interim superintendents.

District resident Kris Humphries asked if Sue Gorton, assistant superintendent of instruction, was out of the running for interim superintendent as well as the permanent position. Gorton's summertime appointment to interim superintendent was ruled void in state supreme court in September.

Speck said Gorton was not in the applicant pool for the interim role, but could not guarantee she wouldn't be considered for the superintendent position.

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