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Potter brings ‘versatility,’ ‘people skills’ to superintendency

— “His knowledge of Liverpool and his passion for Liverpool set Mark apart,” Rosier said. “As an internal candidate, he already knew all the players, as well as the district's strengths and weaknesses. This allowed Mark to have a different kind of entry plan than that of other candidates. Having worked in the district for six years in a variety of different capacities and jobs, he had already demonstrated his versatility and his ability to effectively inspire others. Mark's student-centered philosophy drives all of his decisions and he has a genuine commitment to help Liverpool reach its fullest potential.”

Just because the district selected an internal candidate doesn’t mean the board didn’t do its due diligence in the search process, however.

“We employed a very inclusive superintendent search process that included 96 people — students, teachers, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers, support staff, managers, administrators, parents and community members,” Rosier said. “The nine advisory groups into which they were formed assisted the board in developing the profile for our new superintendent, interviewing the finalists and providing us with their feedback about the candidates. This provided the board with a variety of perspectives about the finalists that was invaluable to the selection process. This was a very successful collaborative effort, in my opinion.”

Both Rosier and Potter noted that the new super’s biggest challenge is likely to be one faced by superintendents across the state: financial and budgetary concerns.

“We continue to face both economic challenges and mandate challenges from the state education department as well as the U.S. Department of Education,” Potter said. “There have been a number of mandates rolled out in terms of obviously testing, personnel, curriculum, et cetera. But there’s nothing out there to help us get enacted financially.”

Rosier said Potter was selected for the top spot in Liverpool in part because the board was confident he could rise to that challenge.

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