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The Telegram
  • New start time for forum with superintendent candidates

  • The community forum with candidates to become the new Herkimer Central School District superintendent will now start at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.

    The forum will take place in the auditorium at Herkimer Junior-Senior High School.

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  • The community forum with candidates to become the new Herkimer Central School District superintendent will now start at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.
    The forum will take place in the auditorium at Herkimer Junior-Senior High School.
    There are now two finalists for the position:
    • Craig Ferretti, principal of McConnellsville Elementary School in the Camden Central School District.
    • Robert Miller, superintendent of schools for the Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District.
    Shawn Bissetta, principal of the junior-senior high school in the Port Byron Central School District, had previously been a finalist, but he has accepted an offer to become the new Mount Markham Central School District superintendent.
    District residents will be able to find out more about the two finalists during the community forum Monday. A committee of community members will help interview the candidates, and each candidate will be interviewed for about an hour. All members of the public are invited to observe the forum, and there also will be some time after the formal interviews for questions from the general public.
    Herkimer began searching for a permanent superintendent in November 2012.
    Gary Tutty, then the interim superintendent, had been hired after the retirement of Carol Zygo to shepherd the district during the merger study process. District residents voted against merging with the Mohawk and Ilion school districts, and Tutty announced he would leave the district at the end of 2012. Former Dolgeville Superintendent Theodore Kawryga has been serving as the interim superintendent since the start of 2013.
    The Herkimer Central School Board of Education approved Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua as the superintendent search consultant.
    The next step in the search process was an online survey. The survey allowed community members to weigh in on the qualifications and experiences they are looking for in a superintendent candidate.
    After the finalists were selected, Ferretti and Miller visited Herkimer Central School on Feb. 13. They toured the district, had lunch with students and met with the interim superintendent, administrators, supervisors, teaching staff representatives and support staff representatives.
    The Herkimer Board of Education will conduct final interviews during a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
    The new superintendent could be in place as early as May 1.
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