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Search for new super is on in Bethlehem

The search for a new superintendent in the Bethlehem Central School District has begun. The district has hired consultants Castallo and Silky at $16,000 to assist with the search.

The new superintendent will replace Les Loomis, who will retire at the end of the school year.

We have a very elaborate effort to have as much community input as possible, said school board president James Lytle.

The district's parent-teacher organizations, presidents council, teachers union and administrators will all participate in the search process.

"Nov. 29 is being considered as a day for a round of sessions with various stakeholders throughout the district," said Lytle.

There will also be an open meeting for the community to participate in the superintendent search. What makes the district special and the challenges facing the district are two of the many questions the school board is reviewing as potential criteria for the search process.

"We will perform a profile of the district," said Lytle.

Consultants William Silky and Lucy Martin will coordinate the superintendent search. Silky is a professor in the educational administration department at SUNY Oswego and the statewide coordinator of the Superintendent Development Program, a cooperative venture among SUNY Oswego, BOCES district superintendents and local superintendents.

Martin has been a teacher, reading specialist, administrator and superintendent of schools in rural and suburban school districts. In addition, she has been a member of the New York State Teachers' Retirement System Board of Trustees for 20 years, having served for 10 years as president.

Lytle said the pool of eligible candidates who want to become superintendent has dropped over the years from an average of 100 applicants to somewhere around 25. The board prefers the candidates to have a doctorate degree and be able to live in the district. The expectation is to have a new superintendent picked by April of 2008.

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