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Ten applications received for Massena Central superintendent position

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MASSENA — After fielding only four applications the last time it searched for a superintendent, the Massena Central School District has received 10 applications so far in its latest search, and the application process doesn’t close until mid-November.

Board of Education President John R. Boyce shared that news with board members last week, saying he fully expects to receive more applications by the time the deadline hits.

“We expect the bulk of the applications to come toward the latter half” of the application period, he said.

The district is being led by interim Superintendent William W. Crist, who will be leaving for a new job in March as superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Syracuse. Mr. Crist had retired from the Oswego City School District before taking over at Massena Central this year.

He replaced Massena Superintendent Roger B. Clough II, who resigned at the end of June. Board members had conducted a search for a full-time superintendent before Mr. Clough’s departure, but netted only four applications and opted to go with an interim superintendent with the intention to begin a search for a new full-time superintendent during the 2013-14 school year.

“It’s a much better place to be at now,” Mr. Boyce said.

The district is working with Thomas R. Burns, district superintendent for the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services, on the superintendent search.

The timeline calls for semifinalist interviews the week of Dec. 16. Finalists will be called in for a daylong district visit, including an open forum and final interview with the Board of Education, the week of Jan. 6.

Board members are expected to select their new superintendent Jan. 16, and that person’s anticipated start date is March 3.

The position will pay up to $150,000, depending on the person’s qualifications.

During last week’s meeting, Mr. Crist also said he expects to have a recommendation for the board at its next meeting on a new principal at Nightengale Elementary School. The closing date for applications was Friday.

The position is being filled on an interim basis by William H. Flynn, who retired as superintendent of the Ogdensburg City School District, at a rate of $350 a day. He replaced Shannon K. Jordan, who recently accepted a position with St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.

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