continued Part of that will be in addressing new technologies, and the new superintendent must be able to bring the district forward via a new model in learning, according to Dedrick.
“Kids are less inclined to use technology in class and more inclined to use it outside of the classroom. There will be a proliferation of technology use in the classrooms and it’s no longer the case where teachers are providing that but helping the students to uncover the possibilities,” he said.
Dedrickalso said balance is key to the role of superintendent, saying, “Certain thing sare easy to leave off of the calendar, but are good to do. Like going to the elementary school, and planning on one or two days per week visiting an elementary school and actually being in the schools.”
Multer says the process for the search began shortly after Shultz’s announcement in September 2011 that he would retire. On average, she said that the process takes five to six months to complete.
“The board looked at how to fill the opening and who would facilitate the search for them. They didn’t want to do it quickly and they really wanted to bring the community into the process,” said Multer.
“I really credit the board, they wanted and open and transparent process, and they took a lot of community input during the process. I tell other districts to look at BH-BL, to see an open process, and to look to it as a model,” said Dedrick.
It is common for Capital Region BOCES to head superintendent searches. Dederick has led efforts in Schenectady and Bethlehem.
A total of 29 applications for the position were submitted, and Dedrick and board members read through each one.
“The process is time consuming. The number of candidates has increased and people are looking here to the Capital District. We have good communities, good schools and things are happening here, it’s a hotbed,” said Dedrick.