"I think that date is doable," said Loomis.
The search will include advertisements and announcements in various publications including Education Week, the monthly "Councilgram" of the state Superintendents Council and other trade journals.
The consultants have agreed that if a new superintendent is not hired by next September, they will continue to assist the district at no additional cost.
A number of former Bethlehem teachers and administrators have already moved on to various superintendent positions throughout the region.
Jon Hunter, a former high school principal, is now superintendent at Fairport. Theresa Snyder, who once worked as the Glenmont principal, is now deputy superintendent of Shenendehowa schools. Briggs McAndrews recently retired as superintendent of Niskayuna, and most recently, John McGuire, a former assistant superintendent, was hired as Guilderland's superintendent.
"We really have concentrated hard on developing our own leaders in the district," said Loomis.
Several current teachers and administrators in Bethlehem are expected to apply for the position when advertisements go out.""