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GUILDERLAND: Superintendent search begins

On Thursday, Jan.4, the Guilderland board of education met to discuss the qualiafications they are seeking for the district's successor to Superintendent Greg Aidala, who will be retiring in November after six years of serving in the district's top administrative role.

The board had came up with four questions following Aidala's retirement announcement that they determined would help them find the most suitable replacement:

What are the strengths of the school district?

What are the challenges facing the district?

What characteristics should the new superintendent possess?

What issues should be approached first?

The board first discussed these questions at their meeting on Jan. 4, and board president Richard Weisz said the board will now move to seek community input.

We did the same thing the community is going to be asked to do on Wednesday, Jan. 10, and Thursday, Jan. 18, said Weisz.

Just as the board explored answers to the four questions, the community will also have a chance to do just that on two nights, and will address the school board as well as BOCES District Superintendent Barbara Nagler and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Kathryn Gerbino, who are conducting the candidate recruitment process for the school district.

Nagler said as BOCES district superintendent she serves as a liaison for the state education department to the 25 school districts that she serves. In more than nine years in her current position, Nagler estimated that she has participated in 30 superintendent searches.

"We work with school districts any way that they need to help them be successful," said Nagler.

In this case, Nagler said she would work with Guilderland to develop brochures, advertisements and to conduct the initial screening of candidates, then pass along the results to the board. The board would then choose eight candidates based on those who best satisfy the requirements set forth by the board with community recommendations.

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