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The Times
  • Richfield Springs names 3 finalists in superintendent search

  • The Richfield Springs Central School District Board of Education has selected three finalists in the district’s search for a new superintendent.

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  • The Richfield Springs Central School District Board of Education has selected three finalists in the district’s search for a new superintendent.
    The candidates are:
    • F. Daniel Myers III, principal of the junior-senior high school in the Oriskany Central School District.
    • Timothy Ryan, elementary principal and committee on special education chairperson for the Unatego Central School District.
    • Lynn Strang, director of instruction at the Hoosic Valley Central School District.
    “We’re excited about the strong candidates we have selected, and we are confident one of these finalists will be the right person to lead our district,” said Brad Smith, president of the Richfield Springs Board of Education, in a news release. “Board members are looking forward to the community forum we have scheduled and are eager to review the valuable feedback from community members that attend.”
    A community forum featuring the finalists has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 15, in the Richfield Springs Central School District cafeteria.
    During the forum, a committee of community members will interview the candidates. Strang will be interviewed at 6 p.m., followed by Myers at 7 p.m. and Ryan at 8 p.m.
    All members of the community are invited to observe the forum, and there will be some time after the formal interviews for questions from the general public.
    Earlier in the day on April 15, all of the finalists will participate in full-day interviews in the district, where they will meet with various constituent groups.
    After April 15, final interviews with the board of education will take place, and the board is expecting to appoint a new superintendent on or about May 1.
    he new superintendent will begin on July 1.
    Richfield Springs began its search process for a permanent superintendent in December 2012. During the board of education’s meeting on Dec. 12, the board voted to approve Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua as the consultant for the superintendent search.
    The first step after that was asking residents to complete an online survey to weigh in on the qualifications and experiences they were looking for in a superintendent candidate.
    The survey results helped determine the candidates who moved forward in the selection process, and six semi-finalists were selected. After interviewing semi-finalists, the board of education chose the three finalists.
    Current Superintendent Robert Barraco will retire from the district at the end of the school year. He has been with the district since January 2003.

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