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Two candidates up for Hammond Central School super position

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HAMMOND – Hammond Central School has narrowed down its superintendent search to two candidates.

Ronald A. Camp and George F. Merritt have been selected as the two finalists for the position. On May 21, they will each tour the school, meet with students, staff and teachers, and answer questions from the community. All groups will have the opportunity to complete a feedback form on each candidate which will be shared confidentially with the board of education.

Mr. Camp, who currently works as the director of Alternative Programs for the Oswego County BOCES, a position he has held since 2013. He has also served as the Director of Career and Technical Education/ Alternative Programs from 2004 to 2013 for the Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

He is also a chief examiner for the New York State Education Department, a position he has held since 2003. He served as a principal for the Oswego County BOCES, a coordinator of special education for Red Creek Central School, and summer recreation program director for the Disabled Persons’ Action Organization. He began his career as a special education teacher for the Erie 2-Chatauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES.

Mr. Camp earned his certificate of advanced study as a school district administrator form the State University of New York at Oswego. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Buffalo and his master’s degree in education from SUNY Potsdam.

Mr. Merritt was hired as the principal and athletic director for the Harrisville Central School district in August 2013. Prior to 2013, Mr. Merritt served as the assistant principal at Watertown City School District for eleven years. He owned his own T-shirt business, was an assistant principal for the Dansville High School and the Wheatland Chili Central School District. He began his career as an auto mechanics and mathematics teacher in Schuyler-Chemung-Tioga BOCES along with Genesse Valley BOCES.

Both candidates will meet with the community in the library of the school May 21. Mr. Camp will meet with the community from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm., while Mr. Merritt will meet with the community from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The community presentation will allow district residents to review the education and experience of each candidate.

“We have not yet decided whether we will do second interviews,” School Board President Timothy W. Pitcher said Thursday. “We first want the public to get a chance to meet the candidates. We want this to be an open process and we want the community’s input on what is going to be the best fit for the school.”

The new superintendent is expected to begin work July 1. Hammond Central School District Interim Superintendent Randy C. Richards has been appointed as superintendent for Waverly Central School District.

If the board is unsuccessful in hiring a new superintendent before July 1, the board will have to hire a new interim, Mr. Pitcher said.

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