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Two candidates up for Hammond Central School super position

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HAMMOND — Hammond Central School District has narrowed down its superintendent search to two candidates.

Ronald A. Camp and George F. Merritt have been selected as the two finalists for the position. On Wednesday, they will both tour the school, meet with students, staff and teachers, and answer questions from the community.

Those who attend can complete a feedback form on each candidate that will be shared privately with the school board.

Mr. Camp has worked since last year as director of alternative programs for the Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Previously he served from 2004 to 2013 as director of career and technical education/alternative programs for the Oswego County BOCES.

Since 2003 Mr. Camp also has worked as a chief examiner for the state Education Department. He served as principal of the Oswego County BOCES, coordinator of special education for Red Creek Central School and summer recreation program director for the Disabled Persons Action Organization. He began his career as a special education teacher for the Erie 2-Chatauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES.

Mr. Camp earned his certificate of advanced study as a school district administrator from SUNY Oswego. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Buffalo and his master’s degree in education from SUNY Potsdam.

Mr. Merritt was hired as principal and athletic director for the Harrisville Central School district last August.

Before that, Mr. Merritt served as the assistant principal at Watertown City School District for 11 years. He owned a T-shirt business and was an assistant principal for the Dansville High School and the Wheatland Chili Central School District.

He began his career as an auto mechanics and mathematics teacher at the Schuyler-Chemung-Tioga BOCES and Genessee Valley BOCES.

Both candidates will meet with community members Wednesday in the school’s library. Mr. Camp will meet with the people from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., while Mr. Merritt will meet with them from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The community presentations will allow district residents to review the candidates’ education and work experiences.

“We have not yet decided whether we will do second interviews,” School Board President Timothy W. Pitcher said Thursday. “We first want the public to get a chance to meet the candidates. We want this to be an open process and we want the community’s input on what is going to be the best fit for the school.”

The new superintendent is expected to begin work July 1. Hammond Central School District Interim Superintendent Randy C. Richards has been appointed as superintendent of the Waverly Central School District.

If the school board does not hire a new superintendent before July 1, the panel will retain a new interim chief, Mr. Pitcher said.

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