The Buffalo school district is down to two finalists for the appointment of a deputy superintendent. The final choice for the district is expected to be announced within the next day or two.

The hiring of the new deputy superintendent – the top job below the superintendent – will represent the first phase of a two-step process to shake up and reorganize the district’s central administration.

The district did not release the names of the finalists but said neither candidate comes from within the school district or any district within New York State. The two finalists are veteran school administrators at senior-level positions in their current districts, said Darren Brown, executive director of human resources.

Both candidates also have experience in urban school settings, he said.

The district received more than 35 applications for the deputy superintendent position after posting the position on district and nationwide job search listings, Brown said. Phone interviews were conducted three weeks ago with a small group of finalists by interim Deputy Superintendent Mary Guinn in partnership with HealthNow.

Superintendent Pamela Brown announced at last week’s Board of Education meeting that there were three finalists for the position, but one finalist has since withdrawn from consideration.

The goal is to settle on a final candidate by next week’s board meeting, though it may take a little longer, Brown said Wednesday. She also said her ideal candidate is “someone who has the sense of urgency to accelerate progress.”

The district’s job description for the deputy superintendent requires that candidates have a master’s degree and certification in state school district administration or as school district leader. They must also have at least eight years of supervisory experience.

“Candidates with successful administrative experience in an urban school district with a large racially and economically diverse population are preferred,” the job description states.

The position will pay between $160,000 and $185,000.

In other news Wednesday, School Board committees:

• Received an update on how the district’s career and vocational programs will be redesigned to better serve students across all grade levels and expand participation based on student interest versus grades.

• Briefly debated the need to expand professional development for teachers after school and on Saturdays so students can spend more days in school. Brown said the implementation of the Common Core Standards has dramatically increased demand for professional development and that the district is doing the best it can to balance the needs of teachers and parents.

• Spent about 25 minutes discussing potential changes to the bylaws of the District Parent Coordinating Council. Committee members reviewed the first two pages of the 10-page document before deciding that they need to review their original district policy regarding parental involvement.