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The Alden Central School District held the first of several community-based committee meetings on Thursday, with more than 30 residents participating in afternoon and evening sessions.

The next meeting, scheduled to get under way at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 26, will include tours of the middle and high schools, Interim Superintendent Adam Stoltman said during a meeting of the School Board Thursday night.

The meetings are designed to evaluate the district’s buildings and establish board priorities for future action.

Stoltman said the administration presented the highlights of the 2010 building conditions survey and opened it up for discussion. “Everybody in the room felt very comfortable with wanting to go take tours of the facilities, gather some more information and move forward,” he said.

Stoltman said the plan is to hold “four or five meetings over the next couple of months.”

“My hope is to identify a spokesperson for the group and make recommendations to the board toward the direction we should move,” he said.

Board President Paul Hutschenreuter urged residents at the evening board meeting who also attended one of the community-based committee meetings to bring friends and neighbors to the next session.

“Your voice and your commitment are going to be the ones that are driving what we’re going to look at for needs for the district,” he said. “The more people, the better. I want it as well-attended as possible.”

Videos of the meetings, in addition to the building-conditions survey, will be available on the district’s website, www.aldenschools.org.

In other matters:

• Hutschenreuter said residents and staff are invited to take a website survey to gauge what qualities the district should seek in its next superintendent. He also said he would have more information on the process for selecting a new superintendent when the board meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the high school.

• Students from Alden Middle School opened the meeting with a video presentation thanking board members for their service to the district.