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The Times
  • Mount Markham superintendent search trimmed to 3 candidates

  • The search for a new Mount Markham superintendent has been narrowed down to three finalists.

    All of the candidates will visit the school district on Tuesday. They will tour the district, have lunch with students and meet with the interim superintendent, administrators, supervisors, teaching staff representatives, support staff representatives and the board of education.

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  • The search for a new Mount Markham superintendent has been narrowed down to three finalists.
    All of the candidates will visit the school district on Tuesday. They will tour the district, have lunch with students and meet with the interim superintendent, administrators, supervisors, teaching staff representatives, support staff representatives and the board of education.
    On Thursday, a committee of community members will help interview the candidates during a public forum at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Each candidate will be interviewed for about an hour — one at 6 p.m., one at 7 p.m. and one at 8 p.m.
    All members of the public are invited to observe the forum, and there also will be some time after the formal interviews for questions from the general public.
    The board of education intends to appoint a new superintendent during its regular board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The new superintendent will begin work on Wednesday, May 1.
    Mount Markham began its superintendent search in late October 2012, after Superintendent Casey Barduhn announced he was leaving the district at the end of 2012 to become superintendent of the Westhill Central School District. The Mount Markham Board of Education selected Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua as the search consultant.
    The board also appointed retired Ilion Superintendent Robert Service to fill in on an interim basis until the new superintendent is selected. He took over superintendent duties on Jan. 1.
    At the start of the superintendent search process, a questionnaire was posted online to allow the community to weigh in on what qualifications the district is looking for in a superintendent.
    The board of education interviewed a pool of six semi-finalists on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, before selecting the three finalists.
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