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GUILDERLAND: District names new leader

" I think Mr. McGuire's style is a good fit for the district. My goal has always been to hire outstanding teachers and strong support personnel, supervisors, and administrators. Our success depends on contribution from all facets, from the bus drivers, to people working in the cafeterias, to the office staff, and principals. It's a team effort, and the Guilderland team is exceptional," he said.

Les Loomis, superintendent at Bethlehem Central School District for 21 years, had praise for his former assistant superintendent.

According to Loomis, McGuire is a "strong instructional leader who knows what it takes to build outstanding programs and to elevate student achievement. "

Loomis added that McGuire works very well with people, and has a rare ability to listen and value the best thinking.

Loomis said McGuire is not just a former colleague, but a friend who he feels will be an excellent match for the Guilderland community.

"I think that John is going to provide excellent leadership at Guilderland and move Guilderland ahead, " said Loomis, pointing to the similarities between the Bethlehem and Guilderland districts.

"Guilderland is a top-notch school district, and John will recognize that, work with the board of education, teachers and parents to do what needs to be done," Loomis said.

Richard Weisz, president of the Guilderland Board of Education, said before McGuire was selected, a nationwide superintendent search was conducted by BOCES, which narrowed the selection down to about 20 candidates.

The candidates underwent an intensive interview process from June until August that required them to answer questions in groups of up to 32 parents, administrators, teachers and even bus drivers, at one time.

Weisz said that when it comes to selecting a superintendent, Guilderland believes in shared decision-making, and is looking for someone highly regarded by peers and has good ideas on innovation and professional development.

"We want someone who is respected in the education community, who puts ideas into action, and works well with the teachers and knows how to improve learning," he said.

McGuire, who will begin his term at Guilderland in mid November, said he plans to work closely with the board to develop a common vision.

"The important thing is not one person's vision but our visions together. It's essential to achieving high performance goals for our students," he said.""

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