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Search begins for new Massena superintendent

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MASSENA — The search has started for a new superintendent in the Massena Central School District, where the salary range is listed as $120,000 to $150,000, based on the successful candidate’s experience and training.

The position also offers a three-year contract with opportunity to renew, based on performance.

“They’ve advertised for what I consider to be a competitive salary,” said Thomas R. Burns, St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services district superintendent. Mr. Burns is facilitating the search process with Massena’s Board of Education.

The application deadline for a letter of interest, current resume, completed application and transcripts, certification and placement file is April 1, with the board expected to make a choice in May. The new superintendent is anticipated to start July 1.

“When you get to this point, you’re kind of in a holding pattern and just wait for the applications to come in. My experience is people want to take their time with this sort of decision,” Mr. Burns said.

Current Superintendent Roger B. Clough II, who has been with the district since 1995 as a teacher and administrator, notified the school board last June that he did not wish to renew his contract, which expires June 30.

Mr. Burns said Massena Central is the largest district in the St. Lawrence-Lewis region “by almost a thousand students.”

“I think the board is optimistic, with the salary range being competitive, that (the new superintendent) will be somebody who maybe has operated a larger high school or someone who has maybe been a sitting superintendent in a small school district,” he said.

The position has been advertised on the New York State Council of School Superintendents website and in On Board, the magazine of the New York State School Boards Association. Mr. Burns said brochures also have been distributed “to pretty much the BOCES across the northern part of the state.”

The Massena district will be looking at candidates’ work history, academic leadership, fiscal leadership, general leadership and vision, relationship with the Board of Education, communications, personal characteristics and ability to lead negotiations in collective bargaining “at the table.”

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