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Skaneateles school board announces name of superintendent candidate

Kenneth Slentz, of state education department, to be interviewed

After conducting an interview, the Skaneateles Board of Education decided to advance its candidate for the superintendent of schools position.

Board President Kathryn Carlson announced at the board’s April 22 meeting that the candidate is Kenneth Slentz, deputy commissioner in the Office of P-12 Education for the New York State Education Department.

The district’s search consultant, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Superintendent Bill Speck, recommended that the board interview Sletnz before conducting a more traditional search later this year, which it still plans to do if Slentz is not hired. The board discussed the opportunity and decided to go forward with the interview at its April 8 meeting.

In addition to four years of experience in the state department of education, Slentz has 15 years of experience both as a teacher and an administrator in local districts, according to a release from the district.

Slentz is a former superintendent for the West Canada Valley Central School District (located in Newport, N.Y.) and the Long Lake Central School District.

Board members had positive comments about their experience interviewing Slentz.

“After having taught for 30 years, never in my 30 years did I ever experience the depth of knowledge that this candidate has,” Board Member Sue Benjamin said.

Next, Slentz will be interviewed by stakeholder groups on April 28 and 29. The groups include teachers, administrators, parents and other community members. Everyone who answered the board’s previous call for volunteers will be able to participate in the process, Carlson said.

“We need input from all the stakeholders as to the fit. We have vetted qualifications, but the fit is very important,” Carlson said.

District releases communications audit

Board members discussed their thoughts on its recent communications audit report and recommendations. The audit was conducted by the Capital Region BOCES and evaluated the effectiveness of both internal and external communication done by the district.

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