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LCSD starts super search

— The district has created nine stakeholder groups, each of which will ultimately interview and evaluate the candidates and help the board choose a finalist. The groups are made up of members of the following groups:

Non-affiliated secretaries

Students

ULFA/Teachers

ULFA/Others

Assistant superintendents

Administrators and managers

Support staff

Community

Those groups will play a role in interviewing candidates for Liverpool’s top job. Applications are due March 29. From there, Castallo and Silky will narrow the pool to six to eight, whom they will recommend to the board. The board and the constituent groups will interview the candidates and determine how they fit into the criteria developed Feb. 26 and 27.

Future meetings regarding the superintendent search will not be held in public session, as they will deal with specific individuals and their employment.

“The board can talk generally about how the search is going, but everything else has to be in closed session,” she said.

After extensive interviews and vetting by both the board and the consultants, the board will choose a finalist between May 6 and May 13. That finalist will be announced on or before June 1. The new superintendent should start on Aug. 1.

Martin said the district has a couple of options if the initial search doesn’t turn up a worthy candidate.

“One choice is to appoint an interim for a year and start over,” she said. “And there have been times when we’ve started all over again. The thing with that, none of the people who applied the first time will apply again, so that really shrinks your candidate pool.”

Martin said the board of education is reluctant to go with an interim superintendent because it would bring “too many changes” to the district in a short period of time.

“Stability is what is a priority at this point,” she said.

But she was confident that the district would be able to find a new leader the first time around.

“We’re hoping that this search will be a successful one,” Martin said. “It’s a great district. People that have been here recognize the strength of the community, the staff, the students. People who come here come to stay.”

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