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The Telegram
  • Herkimer BOE seeks input on new superintendent

  • The Herkimer school board has begun its search for a new school superintendent and is looking for input from the community.



    The board met Monday with Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua, who is serving as the search consultant, and agreed to a process and timeline for the search.

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  • The Herkimer school board has begun its search for a new school superintendent and is looking for input from the community.
    The board met Monday with Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua, who is serving as the search consultant, and agreed to a process and timeline for the search.
    The first step is asking residents to complete an online survey to weigh in on the qualifications and experiences they are looking for in a superintendent candidate. The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HerkimerSearchSurvey and must be completed by Dec. 21.
    District residents will also be invited to volunteer to serve on a committee that will help interview the finalists for the position. More information will be available in the coming months, Vivacqua said.
    Community involvement was discussed at Monday’s special meeting. Vivacqua said he normally approaches the community portion of the process differently than it was handled in the last search. In that case, the board met with the finalists and in the next meeting, the committee from the community met with them.
    “The next piece was disjointed from your process,” said Vivacqua.
    Board member Nick Netti said he thought the board’s impressions may have been somewhat different from the community groups.
    “We didn’t have the opportunity to hear what the community thought,” said board Vice President Bob Mihevc.
    Vivacqua said he is working with the Mount Markham school district on a superintendent search and there have been about 100 responses to a survey asking what they would like to see in a superintendent. That survey is open until the end of the month. He said he could post a similar survey online for the Herkimer Central School District and board members agreed to this.
    Vivacqua asked if the board wanted to include a residency requirement.
    Board President John Cipriano said as long as the individual could dependably get to work and be there when needed, it shouldn’t be a concern.
    The board also discussed the salary range and agreed that the range should be similar to the salary range the Mount Markham school district is offering. Cipriano said the district will have to offer a competitive salary in order to attract good candidates.
    Applications for the position will be available online. The application will be fairly standard, according to Vivacqua, with a couple of reflective questions.
    “I’m not as concerned with the application as with getting the word out,” he said.
    Vivacqua said in a news release sent out Tuesday that he anticipates the field of applicants will be trimmed to two or three finalists by sometime in the middle of February 2013. A new superintendent could be in place as early as May 1, 2013.
    Page 2 of 2 - At a meeting on Nov. 14, the school board named Vivacqua as the search consultant to conduct the superintendent search.
    Current Herkimer Interim Superintendent Gary Tutty is leaving the district at the end of 2012. Tutty was hired following the retirement of Carol Zygo to shepherd the district during the merger study process. Now that Herkimer voters rejected the three-way merger with Ilion and Mohawk, the district will seek a permanent superintendent.
    The school board will be appointing an interim superintendent to start Jan. 1, 2013, until the new superintendent begins with the district.

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