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Board narrows superintendent field to two candidates

The Central Valley School Board of Education voted to move two superintendent candidates forward following the board’s second round of interviews held Monday, Oct. 6. Named were Frank Ferraro and Richard Hughes.

Frank Ferraro most recently served as the Superintendent of Schools of Kearny Schools, Kearny, NJ.

Richard Hughes is the Superintendent of Schools of Otselic Valley Central School, South Otselic, NY.

The board initially interviewed six candidates, narrowing the field to three for the second round.

Next steps

During the day on Wednesday, Oct. 8, Mr. Ferraro and Mr. Hughes will separately tour the district and meet with five panels, one representing each school stakeholder group—instructional staff, support staff, principals, administrators and students.

In the evening, residents will have an opportunity to learn more about each candidate at a community superintendent candidate forum beginning at 6 p.m. in the CVA Large Group Instruction room.

At the forum, each candidate will meet with community members for one hour. A panel of community members will ask a set group of questions for 20 minutes. A district moderator will then open the meeting for questions from the floor for the next 20 minutes. All attendees will be invited to provide their feedback by completing reaction forms at the meeting’s end. The forms will ask community members to evaluate each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses and how well a candidate would fit at Central Valley.

The board of education will review all feedback and then reconvene on Tuesday, Oct. 14 to consider the candidates. Over the next couple of weeks, the board will select a candidate, negotiate a contract and appoint the new superintendent— to be announced on or about Monday, Nov 3.

The new superintendent will begin at Central Valley immediately after the December holiday vacation.