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Fourteen candidates apply for Norwood-Norfolk superintendent position

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NORFOLK - Fourteen individuals have submitted their resumes for the upcoming superintendent vacancy at Norwood-Norfolk Central School.

“There were 14 applicants that completed the application and full material,” according to St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Thomas R. Burns, who is helping the district with their superintendent search.

Now it’s up to the board of education to whittle to whittle those down to individuals they would like to bring in for interviews, Mr. Burns said. That process will begin on Tuesday when they hold their regular monthly meeting, which he will be attending.

“At the Norwood-Norfolk board meeting on Tuesday we’ll be doing a paper review of the 14 applicants. I’ll be talking with the board,” he said, noting they would also be doing reference checks on the candidates.

The discussions will take place in executive session to maintain the confidentiality of the initial applicants, Mr. Burns said. Once they have finalists, those names will be released to the public.

“Based on the meeting, the board looks for their initial selection of the first round of interviews,” Mr. Burns said.

Applications were accepted until Dec. 1, followed by interviews from January to March. The board is scheduled to make an appointment in April, with the new superintendent starting on July 1, 2013.

The new superintendent will replace Elizabeth A. Kirnie, who will be retiring in 2013 after serving as district superintendent since Dec. 18, 2006. The post had previously been held by James “Jake” Short, who left to take over as superintendent of the Plattsburgh City School District in the summer of 2006. Jay Kilcoyne, who had retired after serving as superintendent at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School served as the interim superintendent until Mrs. Kirnie arrived in the district.

Norwood-Norfolk isn’t alone in its search for a new superintendent. Two other local schools are also working with BOCES on the search.

In Brasher Falls, St. Lawrence Central School Superintendent Stephen M. Putman will also be retiring in 2013. Their search has drawn interest from 10 applicants, and members of the district’s Superintendent Search Committee hope to narrow the field to four or six individuals.

They plan to hold small, invitation-only sessions for members of the public at the end of January to gauge opinion on the top finalists for the superintendent position.

The Massena Central School District has also started working with BOCES to search for a new superintendent. Superintendent Roger B. Clough II had told members last June that he did not wish to have his contract renewed when it expires in June 2013.

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