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School board begins preparation for superintendent search

— There is currently only one member of the Cazenovia BOE that has any experience with a superintendent search. Karin Marris, who has been on the board for more than 10 years, participated in the selection of Dubik to his current position in 2003.

Dubik said a “basic timeline” for hiring a new superintendent is about six months from start to finish, with job offers typically made in the spring.

“I’m hoping that because of the quality of our schools we will get candidates applying earlier rather than later,” he said.

Dubik said he will “step back” and not be directly involved in the selection process, but will be more of a resource for the school board. “I’m here if board has questions about anything,” he said.

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Received a petition containing approximately 150 signatures of district residents in protest of the district’s recent decision to cut paid positions for assistant coaches to the boys junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams. Varsity Head Coach Jim Longo presented the petition to the board and summarized the arguments in the petition that assistant coaches are necessary for athletes’ safety, supervision and instruction.

He said it was “unrealistic” to expect one paid coach to supervise more than 20 athletes given the type of sport lacrosse is and the possibility of injuries that occur. Previously, the varsity team has had two paid coaches and one volunteer coach. “I’ve got to question this a little bit given what Cazenovia lacrosse has done for this town,” Longo said, referring to the Lakers two state championship titles in the past three years.

—Accepted a $20,500 donation from the Cazenovia Athletic Association for the purchase of two Daktronic scoreboards to replace the scoreboards at field 1 at Fenner Fields and at the Burton Street Elementary School athletic field. “What a wonderful gesture,” Vogl told Rick Race, co-president of the CAA, who presented the check, after the school board and audience members gave a loud applause to the donation.

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