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Boyce says board will make the right choice for Massena superintendent

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MASSENA — With a list whittled down to two candidates, Massena Central School Board President John R. Boyce said he wants to make sure the board has the right candidate for the upcoming superintendent vacancy.

“At this point we have two options. We can either choose one of the two candidates we’ve got so far or, if we’re not happy, if it doesn’t work out, we can go out a third time. We need to make a good choice, and we’re going to make sure we make a good choice,” Mr. Boyce said.

The finalists for the position held by interim Superintendent William W. Crist are Lisa L. Grenville and David J. Glover.

Ms. Grenville, who works as a K-12 supervisor of special education for the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Education Services in Potsdam, was formerly elementary principal for five years and high school principal for one year at St. Lawrence Central School, as well as director of special education for three years and director of instruction for a year.

Before coming to Brasher Falls, she served as a regional professional development specialist with Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES. She began her teaching career in 1992 as a special education teacher with Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES. She also served seven years as a high school special education teacher in the Malone Central School District.

Mr. Glover has been Morristown Central School District superintendent since July 2009. He previously served three years as high school principal at Hornell Central School District, assistant principal for a year at Horseheads High School and assistant principal for a year at Saratoga Springs High School. He taught social studies for two years at Mount Morris High School and four years at Wayland-Cohocton High School. He began his career in 1997 as an English teacher at Reid Ross Middle School in Fayetteville, N.C.

Mr. Boyce said the board wanted to make sure it involved everybody in the stakeholder group process.

“We decided on five focus groups. One’s going to be students, one’s going to be teachers, one is administrators, one is support staff and the fifth is going to be a public forum,” he said. “The purpose is to get input from those groups so the board can make a decision.”

Mr. Crist will be leaving in March to take over as superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Syracuse. He had been named the interim superintendent after a search to replace Roger B. Clough II netted four applications.

Because Mr. Crist was able to serve only one year as interim superintendent, the board reopened the search process at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. He had retired from the Oswego City School District before taking over at Massena Central.

Twenty-five candidates had applied for the Massena position by the Nov. 15 deadline. That list was narrowed down in December.

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