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Bethlehem makes choice for new superintendent

It was the end of an era as Bethlehem Central School District looked to its future on Wednesday, April 2, when it named Michael Tebbano as its new superintendent.

The board of education accepted the resignation of Tebbano as Bethlehem's assistant superintendent of educational programs and appointed him to replace outgoing Les Loomis as superintendent of the district.

Loomis has been at the head of the district for 21 years.

The announcement to appoint Tebbano was officially made public during the Wednesday, April 2, board of education meeting, but Spotlight Newspapers revealed the excusive on its Web site the night before.

Concluding months of searching and interviewing candidates from as far away as Texas, the board unanimously decided that Tebbano was the right man to carry the district into a new age of education.

And, according to Board of Education President James Lytle, just because the ultimate successor was already walking the halls of Bethlehem Central, it doesn't mean the board's extensive search was a wasted effort.

Now I know some people are going to ask, 'Why did you go through all this trouble?' Lytle said at the meeting. "It's because we felt the community deserved that kind of commitment."

The superintendent search involved reviewing 29 applicants for the position, which was narrowed down to six semifinalists during a first round of interviews. Then three finalists were chosen and interviewed by the board and six panels of community and school district representatives.

Tebanno described the interview process as "very intensive."

"I enjoyed to opportunity to sit down and meet with the various community stakeholders," Tebbano said. "It seemed to me that my answers resonated with the community stakeholders."

The board of education was unanimous in its support for Tebbano.

"The best person to lead us in this district," Lytle announced at the meeting, "is Dr. Michael Tebbano."

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