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Schalmont seeks say on super search

Residents can share opinions at meetings and online survey

— Jefferson Elementary Assistant Principal Jason Thompson said the district has a real sense of family.

“It is a view of what’s good for families and what’s good for the kids,” he said.

The list for what the district can improve on was much smaller than its strengths, which Beloncik said was nice to see.

Thompson said the district should start to look at things from a K-12 perspective and have a regular review of curricula. Elisa Pepe, a middle school English teacher, added she would like to see the district reach out to the community more.

District Building and Grounds and Transportation Supervisor Kevin Mercoglan said it is important to continue setting aside funds for facility improvements and upgrades to “keep the ball rolling” on current improvements.

Elementary school Principal Joby Gifford said the district should create more opportunities for “struggling learners,” while also helping “gifted” students.

Several professional and personal traits of an ideal new superintendent were also identified, including a strong sense of openness and approachability with a long-term commitment to the district and learning the culture.

Thompson said the applicant shouldn’t be looking at the district “as a stepping stone to a bigger district.”

The district is planning to send out the applicant brochure this week and applications will need to be postmarked by Sept. 4. The Board of Education will meet

to review candidates on Sept. 6.

The first round of interviews are planned to be held by the board on Sept. 18, 19 and 24, with board members eliminating some applicants before the second round of interviews with stakeholders in early October.

After stakeholders further eliminate candidates, the board is planned to kick off the final round of interviews on Oct. 29 with three to six candidates. The board is expected to appoint a new superintendent during its meeting on Nov. 13.

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