In making the appointment, Board of Education President James Tim Ryan said he was pleased to have someone as dedicated as Buhner join the South Colonie family, and is confident he will provide the type of leadership that the district needs to continue to excel academically.
The South Colonie Board of Education began a search for a new superintendent of schools in the fall after Marcelle announced his retirement. Marcelle will officially step down on Aug. 1 after heading the school district for more than three years. In 2005, Marcelle replaced Dr. Thomas Brown, who retired after serving as South Colonie superintendent since 1989.
To help conduct the search, the district contracted with search consultant Dr. Vincent Coppola from the Western New York Educational Service Council " an arm of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Coppola worked with South Colonie on the previous superintendent search in 2004.
Aiding Dr. Coppola and the Board of Education were focus groups made up of various district stakeholders, such as administrators, teachers, support staff, students, board members, parents and community residents. The focus groups met for the first time in October to define the superintendent's position and discuss the attributes they would like in a new superintendent.
The deadline for applications was Dec. 20. In January, seven superintendent candidates from a pool of 20 applicants were interviewed by the Board of Education and district focus groups before two finalists were chosen.
Those finalists visited South Colonie at the end of January for a day of final interviews and tour of the district. Buhner was offered and accepted the position in February.""