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School district consultants discuss superintendent search with community

— Peris said a superintendent must understand the “art and science of teaching,” and what goes on in the classroom. He or she must also have “one foot in the future” to be prepared for and adaptive to change.

After the forum, the consultants went to the district office to meet with the board of education, which was holding its regularly-scheduled meeting that night.

BOE President Evan Dreyfuss said the consultants offered the board a number of items to consider in its search. He said the board is currently undecided on whether to require the next superintendent to live in Skaneateles or not. “We’re split right now; we’ll wait to see what the community survey says,” Dreyfuss said.

He said there are positives and negatives associated with a residency requirement, and the board may give whoever they hire 12 to 18 months in which to move to the district. The board also already has agreed to give the new hire up to $7,500 in moving costs if required, Dreyfuss said.

The BOE already has decided to offer whoever they hire a three-year contract, with a salary range of $150,000 to $180,000 depending on the experience and qualifications of the candidate, Dreyfuss said.

The typical salary for the superintendent of a district in Onondaga County the size of Skaneateles is $140,000, but for a district at the quality level of Skaneateles the average salary is about $175,000, he said. Comparatively, similar districts in Rochester pay more than $200,000 to superintendents.

When Skaneateles hired former superintendent Phil D’Angelo a decade ago, he was paid $155,000, Dreyfuss said.

The job position posting will be kept up probably until the end of January 2013, Dreyfuss said. At that time, the BOE hopes they will have a pool of 30 to 40 candidates, which the consultants will help the board narrow down to 10 or 12, who will be invited to the district for interviews.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneateles.com.

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