School board expects to hire new superintendent by mid-February

— The Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education is moving into the final stages of its search for a new district superintendent, and expects to offer the position to the best candidate on Feb. 18.

The board discussed its timeline for the final stages of the hiring process at its Jan. 6 board meeting.

The board started its search for a new superintendent last July after current Superintendent Bob Dubik announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year. The board asked Jody Manning, OCM BOCES district superintendent, to head of the Cazenovia CSD search for its next superintendent.

The board advertised its vacancy announcement for the position throughout October and November, and received 18 applications. The candidates were mainly from the Central New York area, but some live in other parts of the state and a few applicants are from out of state, said BOE President Pat Vogl.

Last week, the board checked references and undertook a preliminary screening of candidates, and on Jan. 21it will review the credentials of all 18 candidates and select up to eight candidates for interviews in an executive session, according to the search timeline. By the end of January, the board expects to undertake initial interviews to select the final three position candidates.

Once the top three candidates are chosen, they will be invited to Cazenovia to tour the district Feb. 11 through 13, meet with community stakeholders and be interviewed by community members, district staff, students and the board of education.

The district last week released a solicitation for eight to 10 community volunteers to serve on a committee that will interview the three final job candidates Feb. 11, 12 and 13. 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.

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