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BOCES Superintendent search narrowed down to 5

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The candidate pool for superintendent of the Jefferson-Lewis County Board of Cooperative Educational Services has been narrowed to five as of Monday. The candidates will meet with members of the Jefferson-Lewis board on Tuesday and Friday before being introduced to the public.

St. Lawrence BOCES Superintendent Thomas R. Burns, who is in charge of coordinating the search, said the district received applications from 15 potential candidates as of the application deadline on Feb. 21. From that pool, he said a paper screening was conducted with members of the BOCES Board reading through the applicants resumes and references on March 5. Mr. Burns said they were able to narrow down the pool of potential candidates to five.

On March 27 the top candidates will meet with superintendents from Jefferson-Lewis BOCES schools and on April 7 and 8 the candidates will be interviewed in forums open to the public and meet with BOCES employees, senior administrators and school board members.

“The board wanted to look carefully at candidates with record of success in their career pathway,” Mr. Burns said. “We were looking for a candidate that can represent a broad range of districts.”

Current Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent Jack J. Boak worked for BOCES for 31 years. Mr. Burns said the board hopes to find a candidate who can match Mr. Boak’s presence in the community and availability as well as the leadership experience.

The identities of the candidates will not be made public until after they are interviewed by the BOCES board, Mr. Burns said. Some of the candidates are sitting superintendents or assistant superintendents in BOCES and public schools around the state. The board said it was pleased with the quality of applicants.

Following approval by the BOCES board and other superintendents, Mr. Burns said, state Education Department Commissioner John B. King Jr. will need to meet with and approve of the district’s choice before a candidate can be hired.

The BOCES superintendent is required to assist school districts with the implementation of state education law and complete special assignments within the supervisory district. As chief executive officer, the superintendent plans, administers and supervises area-wide instructional and support services for the 18 component public school districts. In addition, the superintendent assists the component districts in the recruitment of school superintendents.

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