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St. Lawrence Central superintendent search attracts 10 applicants

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BRASHER FALLS - The St. Lawrence Central School Superintendent Search Committee is planning to hold a small, invite-only public session at the end of January to gauge public opinion on the top applicants for the superintendent position.

Stephen M. Putman, the current superintendent for the St. Lawrence Central School District, proposed holding two public sessions on Jan. 30 and 31 that would involve 15 active community residents and a number of educators. Mr. Putman believes these hearings will provide an opportunity to acquaint the community with the superintendent candidates.

“(We hope to see) how the people and employees react to the candidate,” Mr. Putman said. “Hopefully we can get to see what some of the candidates’ principles are, what they stand for, how they interact with other people and what their beliefs toward public education systems like ours are.”

Committee members plan to have five residents from each of the three towns the district serves - Brasher, Lawrence and Stockholm - at the sessions. Residents most active in past school and community functions will be chosen, Mr. Putman said. The committee does not want to open the hearings to all of the public because it would bog down the interview process.

“To keep it (running) in an organized manner you have to have a finite group of people,” Mr. Putman said. “You can’t really do an interview with 80 people.”

Mr. Putman expects to reveal the names of the superintendent finalists sometime in February. Until then, the committee would like to keep the applicants’ names confidential out of respect for personal privacy.

“It is fairly common to keep the applicant names confidential until some point when they become a finalist because these people have lives and careers and other communities,” he said. “This is a serious and major move for some people.”

There are currently 10 applicants for the position, and committee members hope to narrow the candidates down to between four and six by the public hearing. The deadline for applications passed Nov. 30, Mr. Putman said.

The next superintendent will be chosen some time in either late February or March, and will begin work July 1.

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