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V'ville begins to narrow superintendent search

One thing Dedrick said will likely not be affected by state aid cuts is the caliber of the new superintendent, and he said the district is not planning to skimp on the salary. Dedrick said the salary for a new superintendent could reach $150,000.

"Pay rates for specialized positions are really market driven," Dedrick said. "It would be very hard to lowball something like that."

He said based on the field and the candidates, there has been little talk of changing the pay rate based on potential state aid cuts.

"That's a person you simply must have. We want to have the best person possible sitting in that chair," Coffin said.

Coffin said a firm understanding of the education process, and an understanding of how to use analytical and testing data to improve education standards are priorities, but the applicants must also understand how to balance a budget.

Coffin said motivating staff and providing guidance are also pivotal for a successful superintendent.

"You have to have a leader," Coffin said.

Coffin said the search committee will look at applications and eventually narrow the field to three or four for a vote by the entire school board. He said public input is welcome.

"Our hope is to involve the entire community," he said.

Linda Langevin retired this summer after serving three years at Voorheesville as superintendent. Prior to that she had seven years' experience at Au Sable Valley.

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

Dedrick said they are expecting to fill the position by July 1.""

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