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School board begins preparation for superintendent search

— Three weeks after Cazenovia Schools Superintendent Robert Dubik announced his intention to retire at the end of the 203-14 school year, the Cazenovia Board of Education has started laying the groundwork for its search process to hire a successor.

The board created a new superintendent committee, comprised of the entire seven-member school board, and also began discussing whether to go through OCM BOCES or to hire a private consulting firm to spearhead the process.

“The board wanted to start this process now to know what preliminaries we have to put in place to start the search [and] have everything in place by January or February,” said BOE president Pat Vogl. “But no drop-dead timeframe has been established yet for the date the position will be filled.”

The new committee was created as an organizational body to discuss all the variables that go into hiring a new superintendent, such as choosing a selection process advisor, creating a hiring timeline, community outreach, information gathering and deciding what qualities and expectations district residents will have for the next superintendent.

The first major decision of the board is who, if anyone, to use or hire as a consultant on the search process.

Dubik told the board during its July 9 meeting that it had three options to consider: 1) Use the free services of the OCM BOCES system for a superintendent search; 2) Hire a private company to assist in the search, which would cost the district an estimated $10,000 to $12,000; or 3) Promote an administrator currently in the district up to the superintendent position and therefore eliminate the need for a search.

Vogl said the board is scheduled to meet with OCM BOCES District Superintendent Jody Manning and one private consulting firm during the board’s Aug. 12 work session to discuss the selection process. Each meeting will last one hour, one from 5 to 6 p.m. and one from 6 to 7 p.m., he said.

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