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April 11, 2013

Hiring, projects on agenda for local schools

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Vacant superintendent positions, a building project and a budget workshop are among the issues on the agendas of area schools: 

ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS

The search for a new superintendent in the Oneonta City School District was reopened last month, Board of Education President Grace Larkin said Wednesday. 

The search under the guidance of ONC BOCES District Superintendent Nicholas Savin was started earlier this school year after Michael Shea retired from the position last year. Former Edmeston Superintendent David Rowley has been filling the position on an interim basis. 

The search had been reopened in February as well as the board is seeking for enough candidates to find the best candidate. Applications are due April 26. If enough qualified applications are received, the tentative schedule is for interviews the end of May and a decision in June, Larkin said.

UNATEGO CENTRAL SCHOOL

The Unatego Central School Board of Education will hold an open meeting to discuss its 2013-14 budget 7 p.m. on April 15, 2103, according to a media release.

The major issue to be covered at the session to be held at Otego Elementary School is closing the projected budget gap, most recently estimated at $624,000. Options to be reviewed include tax rates, the possible closure of Otego Elementary, and program cuts.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS CENTRAL SCHOOL

Richfield Springs announced three finalists in the search for a new superintendent in a media release. The position is held by Robert Barraco, who will be retiring from the school district at the end of June. He has been with the district since January 2003.

The candidates are F. Daniel Myers III, principal of the Oriskany Central Junior-Senior High School; Timothy Ryan, elementary principal and committee on special education chairman for the Unatego Central School District; and Lynn Strang, director of instruction at Hoosic Valley Central School District. 

A community forum featuring the finalists has been scheduled for 6 p.m. April 15 in the school’s cafeteria. Strang will be interviewed at 6 p.m., followed by Myers at 7 p.m. and Ryan at 8 p.m. All members of the community are invited to observe and there will be time following formal interviews for general questions from the public. Earlier in the day the finalists will participate in full day interviews with various constituent groups. After April 15, formal interviews will take place with the board of education and a new superintendent is expected to be appointed May 1, to start July 1.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS CENTRAL SCHOOL

Voting on the Richfield Central School building project will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 16 at the entrance to the baseball field, according to a media release. The $1.2 million project will pay for repair and maintenance of the school roof and related masonry work, Superintendent Barraco said. With state aid of 82.1-percent and funds from the school’s capital reserve fund, there will be no tax increase required if the the work is approved, according to the release.

CHERRY VALLEY-SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL SCHOOL

The Cherry Valley-Springfield School District has selected Richard Rose as its interim superintendent. He will replace current superintendent Robert Miller effective May 11, until a permanent replacement is found, according to a media release. Rose is a retired Canajoharie Central School District superintendent. He served in that position for 23 years with an additional 15 years in the education profession. 

The board of education is working with Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES District Superintendent, Nicholas Savin, in coordinating the search process for a permanent replacement. Savin is scheduled to begin screening applicants over the next couple of months with a tentative start date between Sept. 1 and Jan. 1.