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A community forum will be held by the Frontier Central School District to gather the public’s input on the superintendent search at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in the auditorium of the High School on Bayview Road.

The board does not expect to appoint a new superintendent until next May.

The meeting will be led by consultants from School Leadership, represented by Howard S. Smith and Allan R. Berry. The School Board is working with School Leadership, after hiring the firm last summer, to plan for the search and glean community input in the process, while leading the board in the process.

At the same time, consultants will be in the district Nov. 5 and 6 meeting with various focus groups designated by the board. The groups include students, administrators, teachers, parents, support staff and community members.

The consultants will collect information about the district, as well as perceived leadership challenges over the next three to five years, and about the desired personal characteristics and professional experiences that many would like to see in the next Frontier school superintendent.

Residents also are able to participate in an online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/frontiersearch or at the link at the district’s Web site. Survey comments will be accepted through Nov. 8.

Focus group responses and online survey comments will be analyzed and presented in a report for the School Board. At the board’s Dec. 17 meeting, the board plans to receive the report and adopt job specifications that will be used by the consultants and board for the search.

The board’s tentative plan is to appoint a new superintendent at its May 6 meeting.

An updated message on the search process is posted on the district’s Web site in an open letter from Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr.

In addition, Interim School Superintendent Paul G. Hashem last week praised earth science teacher Jason Ersing for earning the 2013 Paul MacClennan Environmental Citizen of the Year Award. Ersing, a middle school teacher, is known for bringing lesson plans to life for his eighth grade science students by transforming Lake Erie into a classroom and fostering lifelong learning.

In 2010, Ersing won the Toyota Tapestry Grant for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education, and he and his students used the grant funding to help maintain biodiversity within the Lake Erie watershed while using alternative energy sources to reduce carbon dioxide emissions released from operating a fish hatchery.

Ersing has won numerous awards and also does volunteer work with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wonders of Wetlands.

Also receiving kudos was Frontier High School Spanish teacher Maria B. Wilcox has received the Ruth E. Wasley Distinguished Teacher Award. Wilcox developed the Herman Badillo Community Connection program, which began in 1988. Fourth-level Spanish students become friends of second, third and fifth-grade bilingual students from the Badillo Bilingual Academy in Buffalo. They write letters to each other, visit one another to celebrate holidays and form friendships lasting for many years.

And the School Board’s next meeting will be 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Big Tree Elementary School – the same evening as the community forum on the superintendent.

Also this week:

• The Hamburg Village Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The Hamburg Village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

• The Blasdell Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave.

• The annual scarecrow contest runs through Oct. 29 in the Village of Hamburg. Voting forms and maps are available at Main Street Ice Cream or Monroe’s Place. Nearly 30 businesses from the Village Business Advisory Council sponsored the scarecrows, which have been put together by various youth groups. The top three scarecrows with the most votes will win.

• The League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara will sponsor its annual Meet Your Candidates forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Union Auditorium of the Union-Pleasant Elementary School, Union at Center Streets. The league has invited candidates for Erie County sheriff, comptroller and ninth legislative district, as well as town supervisor, councilman and highway superintendent.

• Cameron Daboin, co-founder of the Greater Western New York Paranormal Society, will be speaking at the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Visitors Center at 7 p.m. Thursday. The public is welcome to dress in Halloween costumes and enjoy Halloween themed refreshments while listening to Daboin speak about local area hauntings and shipwrecks in Lake Erie.

• The Hamburg Farmer’s market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the municipal parking lot between Main and Union streets.