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St. Lawrence, Norwood-Norfolk schools narrow down superintendent candidates

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BRASHER FALLS - Two area school districts are closer to naming a new superintendent.

St. Lawrence Central and Norwood-Norfolk Central have narrowed their superintendent searches down to three candidates each. Both districts are working on their searches with Thomas R. Burns, superintendent of the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

St. Lawrence Central Board of Education President James K. Lattimer said they initially had 10 candidates to consider as they whittled their list down to find a replacement for Stephen M. Putman, who will be retiring at the end of the school year.

They invited administrators, teachers and community members - representing residents, business owners and “other stakeholders in the community” - to meet the three remaining candidates Thursday night.

“We’re doing a community interview,” Mr. Lattimer said.

The participants were broken down into three groups of 16 each, and each candidate rotated among the groups.

“We wanted three groups, one for each candidate. We rotated them around so each group talks to each candidate” for about 45 minutes, Mr. Lattimer said.

For their next step, he said the board of education is expected to meet on Wednesday and choose two finalists. Those individuals will be interviewed by the board and will spend a day in the district, he said.

Mr. Lattimer said they expect to release the names of the two finalists after the board meets on Wednesday, and he said they’re currently looking at announcing their selection of a new superintendent on March 6.

In Norwood-Norfolk, Board of Education President Jon D. Hazen said they received 14 applications for the position currently held by Elizabeth A. Kirnie, who will also be retiring at the end of the school year.

“Our BOE, with Tom Burns’s help, trimmed the list to four that have had a first-round interview with the board. We have three finalists,” Mr. Hazen said.

He said the finalists will be interviewed, one candidate each day, by stakeholder groups from within the district from Feb. 12-14.

“The board will process the information received from each of these groups. In early March, the board will ask the three to return for a final interview,” Mr. Hazen said.

He said they expect to announce the names of the three finalists today and hope to announce their new superintendent by April 1.

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