The selection process for the permanent Walton Central School superintendent is reaching its final phase, a school official said.
Three finalists for the position are coming to the district in February, each for a daylong visit, Board of Education President Judith Breese said. She was not yet ready to announce who was chosen from the 19 initial applicants.
Working with Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent William Tammaro, seven candidates were interviewed in December, Breese said.
Retired Walton Superintendent George Mack has been filling the position on an interim basis since Thomas Austin retired in August. Mack has agreed to stay in the post until a new superintendent is ready to begin.
The visits are scheduled for Feb. 4, 7 and 12. The process is similar to that used in previous searches, with the day including meetings with a variety of committees representing a wide range of constituencies including teachers, community members and administrators. Each day will end with the board having dinner with a candidate and a final interview.
The board is hoping to appoint someone soon after the last interview, to start by the end of March, though that could vary depending on the situation, she said.