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V'ville begins to narrow superintendent search

As students and teachers return to school following the holiday break, the search continues for a new superintendent of the Voorheesville Central School District, a position that comes with high expectations, according to district officials.

The district recently stopped accepting applications for the position and will soon begin narrowing the field of candidates, according to Charles Dedrick, the district superintendent for BOCES and leading official in the superintendent search.

The district has had great success with its high school graduation rates, and last year it finished top among Capital District schools with a 97 percent graduation rate.

We're looking for someone experienced, knowledgeable and has some background in the educational process, said C. James Coffin, vice president of the Voorheesville Central School District Board of Education. "We've been trying to move our program to another level. We want to be better. We want a superintendent who understands that."

Dedrick said right now there are 32 "qualified inquiries," at various stages of the application process. He said all of the candidates are taking the position seriously and realize the reputation the position holds.

"Voorheesville is a well-known district," Dedrick said.

Dedrick said as the process moves forward, it will be interesting to see how recent talks about financial cuts will affect the funding decisions the new superintendent will have to make.

"A lot of the heavy lifting that is going to happen in terms of the budget will be done by the current school board and current superintendent," Dedrick said.

The application process was taking place during budget talks for the 2009 school budget, however the position will formally be taken after that new budget is in place, and Dedrick said it is unclear at this time how that will play out for future funding discussions.

Gov. David Paterson has said that the financial woes for the state could take as many as four years to work past.

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