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General Brown school board selects three superintendent finalists

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DEXTER — The General Brown Central School District Board of Education has narrowed its superintendent search to three finalists.

The board selected Leslie A. LaRose, deputy superintendent for the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Malone; Mary E. Curcio, superintendent of the McGraw Central School District, and Cammy J. Morrison, assistant superintendent for curriculum/instruction at Gouverneur Central School District, as finalists over nine other candidates.

Board members conducted personal interviews with all three finalists Monday and will seek feedback from school personnel and community members Wednesday.

“The whole idea is to provide the board with any input they possibly can gather,” said Jack J. Boak, superintendent of the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. Mr. Boak has helped guide the board through the search process.

While the board has worked on the search for several months, Mr. Boak said, next week’s interviews will give board members a chance to hear what school staff and district residents think of their next potential superintendent. Ms. LaRose, Mrs. Curcio or Mrs. Morrison will replace Superintendent Stephan J. Vigliotti Sr., who will leave June 30 to become superintendent at St. Lawrence Central School District, Brasher Falls.

Mr. Boak said the board’s goal is to have a new superintendent selected by July 1.

During Wednesday’s second-round interviews, candidates will be interviewed by administrative staff, students and food service/transportation/district office staff in the morning, before going on a district tour and being interviewed by faculty and instructional staff in the afternoon. Evening interviews with community members and instructional support staff will be held from 6:30 to 8:30.

According to resume information posted on the district’s website, here is some information about each finalist:

n Ms. LaRose — The Constable resident received a master’s degree in educational administration from St. Lawrence University, Canton, in 2003 and has been employed at the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES since 2000. She has a vast range of professional leadership development skills, including leading the annual professional performance review plan training for BOCES and nine component school districts.

n Mrs. Curcio — The Gouverneur resident has held various positions in education since 1992, including Harrisville Central School District principal, adjunct instructor at Onondaga Community College and math specialist for Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. She received a master’s degree in math education from Syracuse University in 1995 and a certificate of advanced study in 2003 from SUNY Cortland.

n Mrs. Morrison — The Brownville resident completed the state superintendent development program at SUNY Oswego in 2010 and has been an educator in the north country since 1992, when she was an elementary teacher for the Watertown City School District. She also has been an assistant elementary principal, curriculum coordinator and special-education supervisor.

Additional information about the finalists can be found on the district’s website, www.gblions.org.

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