Former Superintendent Lynn Fusco left the district at the end of June, leaving a void on the Alden Central School District Board of Education filled with Interim Superintendent Adam Stoltman. Hiring Stoltman has allowed the board to conduct a thorough search for a new superintendent, said Board President Paul Hutschenreuter at Thursday night’s board meeting in Alden high School.
The district is working with Erie 1 BOCES on the search, as well as collaborating with the community, he said.
The first step in the process, Hutschenreuter said, was putting a “stakeholders” survey on the district’s website for faculty, staff and members of the community. The survey is available until Dec. 18.
“The information that’s gathered from the survey will be made into some sort of a rubric so the board has an idea what the community is looking for in our next superintendent,” he said.
Erie 1 BOCES will send out “mass advertisements” letting potential applicants know about the position, Hutschenreuter said. “Those will go across the state and nationwide.
The deadline for submitting an application for the position to Erie 1 BOCES is Jan. 13. The board will review the applicants in an executive session on Jan. 23, Hutschenreuter said.
“We’re going to use the rubric to identify six to eight candidates,” he said, noting that the numbers could change based on the number of applicants.
The applicants will then be interviewed by a search advisory committee, made up of various groups from the community and the school. Each group will be made up of six or seven members, Hutschenreuter said, which could change, based on what happens with the number of applicants.
“What we’re trying to do is give everyone who has a stake in this district a part of this search advisory committee,” he said.
The information gathered during the interviews with the search advisory committee will be given to the board, that will then narrow the field down to between two and four applicants, Hutschenreuter said. Those candidates will be interviewed one-at-a-time by the board, that will then identify a finalist for the position. That should happen at some point in April. At that time, contact negotiations can start, with the new superintendent starting on July 1.
The board is looking for community members active with the school district to serve on the search advisory committee. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest to the board.