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EXCLUSIVE: Bethlehem to name Tebbano next superintendent

The Bethlehem Board of Education will announce the selection of Dr. Michael Tebbano as the new superintendent of the Bethlehem Central School District at its Wednesday, April 2, board meeting.

The appointment brings to a conclusion a search that involved a broad cross section of the Bethlehem Central community.

The search involved the review of 29 applicants for the position, first round interviews of six semifinalists and a final round of interviews of three finalists by the board and six panels of community and school district representatives.

Tebbano will officially become superintendent on July 1, following the retirement of Dr. Les Loomis after 21 years as superintendent.

I am thrilled by the opportunity to become the next superintendent of BC, Tebbano said. "I believe BC is an outstanding district and is poised to become even stronger and more focused in offering a global educational experience for every student. The students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators and the community at large bring many wonderful strengths and talents to this special learning community."

Tebbano has been the district's assistant superintendent for educational programs since 2005.

In the position, he has been responsible for the leadership and direction of the district's academic programs and helped chart new directions for the district in full-day kindergarten, technology education, advanced placement offerings, and the introduction of Chinese into the second language program.

He joined the district as the kindergarten through grade 12 music supervisor in 1997, and became the principal of Bethlehem Central High School in 2002.

"We carefully considered candidates from all across New York State and outside of the state, and narrowed our search to the very best applicants for the position," said Jim Lytle, president of the Bethlehem School Board. "At the end of the process, the board unanimously concluded that the best qualified and most dynamic person to lead Bethlehem into the future was Dr. Tebbano."

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