Voorheesville superintendent search under way

The Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services and Voorheesville Board of Education are looking to find a replacement for Superintendent Linda Langevin, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Langevin is retiring this summer after serving three years at Voorheesville as superintendent and seven years prior to that at Au Sable Valley.

Ray Colucciello will be the interim superintendent in Langevin's absence. He previously served in that position at Ballston Spa.

Charles S. Dedrick, the BOCES Capital District superintendent said it hopes to find a suitable replacement by July.

BOCES provides management and administrative services, including superintendent searches, according to its Web site.

Dedrick said he met with the Voorheesville Board of Education at the Monday Aug. 11, meeting and discussed a timeline for the process.

We are talking to Voorheesville to try to get an idea what type of quality and traits they want for their next superintendent, he said.

Dedrick said each superintendent search is different, and it is important to find candidates that fit the needs of the individual school district, and sometimes that means taking someone from in-house, and sometimes it means looking out of the district.

"You try to throw out as big a net as you can, and bring in as many quality candidates as you can, whether internal or external," he said.

Voorheesville Parent Teacher Association Vice President Tanya Hensel said the district is looking for someone approachable and active in the community.

"We need somebody that can take the bull by the horns and be involved in the community," she said. "We need someone who can be visible. People want to feel that they are being included and heard."

She said that the process is difficult, especially since they are also looking for a replacement for the elementary school.

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