After nine months of searching and interviewing candidates to be the next superintendent of schools, the Skaneateles Board of Education narrowed the field down to three candidates last week. Then, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, one of the candidates decided to withdraw from consideration, bringing the field down to two.
The board decided to accelerate the search because they didn’t want to lose any of their candidates, board president Evan Dreyfus said at the board’s Feb. 12 meeting. There are other districts that are also doing superintendent searches right now and Skaneateles wanted to stay competitive, he said.
The board started with 35 candidates and conducted interviews to narrow down the field to 14 and then nine candidates before arriving at the final two. The board has also worked with the search consultant group from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester that has conducted background checks.
Last week the board announced the names of the final two candidates and brought each of them to the school district to spend a whole day touring the schools, meeting students, teachers, principals and parents. Each day ended with a public forum held at the auditorium at Waterman Elementary School where the candidates introduced themselves and took questions.
Dr. Theresa Pulos was in the district on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Dr. Mark Davey was in the district on Thursday, Feb. 14.
The board plans to make its decision and reach a contract agreement with the new superintendent this April.
Dr. Theresa Pulos has been living and going to school in New York almost her whole life. She attended SUNY College at Brockport and SUNY College at Geneseo for undergraduate and graduate school, respectively, and she received a doctorate degree from St. John Fisher College.
She has more than 20 years of experience in education, including working for the Brighton and Webster school districts, both located in the Rochester area. She is currently the superintendent of the Clyde-Savannah School District, which is located between Rochester and Syracuse.