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Board of Education seeks volunteers to interview superintendent finalists

— The ongoing search for a new Cazenovia superintendent of schools will enter a new phase this month — as three finalists surface from the pool of applicants vying for the district’s top job.

And as Board of Education members prepare to further winnow the field to one, they’re turning to the community for help.

The board is seeking eight to 10 volunteers to serve on a committee that will interview the three final job candidates Feb. 11, 12 and 13. The interview sessions will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. each of the three evenings. Committee volunteers also will need to attend training sessions on Feb. 6 and 7, at a time to be determined.

Because the ideal committee will represent a diverse cross-section of the Cazenovia community, not all volunteers will necessarily be chosen to serve by board members.

The community committee will be one of several stakeholder groups to meet and evaluate the candidates. The other groups include administrators, teachers, non-instructional employees and students.

Those interested in volunteering for the community committee should send their name, contact information and a brief statement about why they wish to serve to District Clerk Pat Marzeski in the district office, 31 Emory Ave., in Cazenovia, or by email to pmarzeski@caz.cnyric.org. All requests must be received by Friday, Jan. 24. Only those who can commit to all three interview sessions should apply.

Current Superintendent Robert Dubik plans to retire after the current academic year ends in June 2014. He has been the school district’s leader for 10 years.

According to a timeline created by OCM BOCES Superintendent Jody Manning, who is leading the search, the board expects to appoint a new superintendent in February.

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