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Menands searches for new superintendent

District narrows down list to three to succeed Kathy Meany

— The third candidate, Maureen A. Long, received her doctorate in educational leadership from Sage Graduate School, earned her master’s degree in education at the Sage Graduate School and her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Saint Rose. She is in her third year as the Scotia-Glenville Central School District’s director of curriculum and instruction, but has experience as the interim superintendent of the North Greenbush Common School District, as well as the chief of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District. Long also spent eight years at the Wynantskill Union Free School District, three years as the CSE chairperson for the North Greenbush Common School District, six years as a special education teacher/secondary CSE chairperson in Troy and four years as a middle school math teacher in Gloversville.

Meany said she’ll spend the remainder of this week giving the three candidates tours of the school district and answering any questions they have.

As she prepares to leave, Meany reflected back on her time with the district and said implementing the Regents reform agenda and transitioning to the Common Core learning standards and new teacher and evaluation assessments have been the biggest changes she’s worked with in the past few years. She said budgetary concerns with limited increases in state aid and a tax levy cap will be challenges for the new superintendent.

“What I would really like to see is that my successor is a professional educator, a strong instructional leader and someone who will continue to build on the many strengths the school district has in proving a high quality educational program for the children of the community,” Meany said.

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