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Residents invited to superintendent candidate forum on Oct. 8

Residents of the Central Valley School District are invited to attend a public forum at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the CVA Large Group Instruction room to meet the candidates vying to become the district’s new school superintendent.

Herkimer BOCES Superintendent Mark Vivacqua said the forum is a critical part in a search process that is moving steadily forward.

He has pre-screened applications and passed them on to the Central Valley Board of Education. The board has reviewed those applications and has narrowed the list to six candidates who the board will interview on Wednesday, Oct. 1 and Thursday, Oct. 2.

Based on those interviews, the board is expected to further narrow the field. On Monday, Oct. 6, those candidates will individually make presentations to the board, then respond to board questions.

Two or three candidates will likely advance to meet with the public at the Oct. 8 forum.

Forum agenda

At the forum, each superintendent candidate will meet with community members for one hour. A panel of community members will ask a set group of questions for the first half hour. A district moderator will then open the meeting for questions from the floor for the second half hour. 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.

“Community involvement is an important part of the search process. We hope residents will take advantage of this forum. Spending an hour with each of the candidates will be long night, but it means we can complete the process in one evening,” said Mr. Vivacqua.

The forum is open to all residents of the Central Valley School District.

Final Steps

The board of education will review all feedback forms and then reconvene on Tuesday, Oct. 18 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.

Most school administrators must give their current employers a 60-day notice under their contracts. Naming the new superintendent on Nov. 3 would mean he or she would begin at Central Valley immediately after the December holiday vacation.