The Herkimer school board will conduct first-round interviews with candidates for school superintendent next week, according to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Superintendent Mark Vivacqua, who is serving as search consultant.
The board has selected four candidates to interview from among the applicants, Vivacqua said, with interviews scheduled for Feb. 4 and 6. He said the candidates chosen for this round were selected based on their applications and reference checks.
A second round of interviews will follow on Feb. 13 when the two or three finalists will be interviewed. The final round with the board is set for Feb. 26. The board is expected to appoint a new superintendent soon after that.
The Herkimer school board hopes to have a new superintendent by May 1. Theodore Kawryga is serving as interim superintendent until a new superintendent is takes over. Gary Tutty had served as interim superintendent until the end of 2012. He was hired after 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 is seeking a permanent superintendent.
Herkimer Central school District residents were invited to take part in an online survey to offer their input about the selection of a new superintendent.
Vivacqua is serving as search consultant for two other area school districts as well.
The search for a new superintendent at Mount Markham Central School is on a schedule similar to Herkimer’s, he said. The board was scheduled to conduct first-round interviews Tuesday and Wednesday of this week with six candidates. Next week three of the candidates will be brought back for a full-day interview on Feb. 5. An open forum for the community is scheduled for the evening of Feb. 7. A committee of community members has been assigned to ask questions. The event will be open to the public and there will be time at end for anyone interested to ask questions.
Round 3 of interviews with the board is scheduled for Feb. 11. The board is expected to vote on the appointment of a new superintendent at its Feb. 26 meeting and may have a new superintendent in place as early as May 1.
The Mount Markham school board began its search in late October after Superintendent Casey Barduhn announced he was leaving at the end of 2012 to become superintendent of the Westhill Central School District. The Mount Markham Board of Education appointed retired Ilion Superintendent Robert Service to serve as interim superintendent until the new superintendent takes over.
A search for a new superintendent is also under way in the Richfield Springs Central School District, Vivacqua said, but applications for that positions will be accepted until March 8 with a target date of July 1 to have a new superintendent in place. Current Superintendent Robert Barraco has announced he will retire from the district at the end of the school year. He has been with the district since January 2003.