Three Schenectady school superintendent finalists to give presentations

The Schenectady school board has narrowed the list of superintendent candidates to three finalists.
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The Schenectady school board has narrowed the list of superintendent candidates to three finalists.

All three will be announced publicly, today or tomorrow, board President Cathy Lewis said.

Each will give a presentation to the public on the topic of what they would do in their first 100 days of leading the school district.

The dates for the three presentations are: Tuesday, Jan. 24; Wednesday, Jan. 25; and Tuesday, Jan. 31. All three will begin at 6 p.m. and will last roughly an hour.

Residents will be allowed to submit written questions before each presentation, which will last about 15 minutes. After the presentation, they can directly ask questions about it for 15 minutes. Then the moderators will read the written questions, which the candidate will answer for about 30 minutes.

Each night will end with the school board interviewing the candidate privately.

On Feb. 1, the board will meet behind closed doors to discuss the candidates, although they may not make a decision that night. Lewis said she thinks the board may make its decision in February.

Once board members agree on one candidate, they will visit that candidate’s school district for a final check.

“It’s not to dig anything out, it’s to confirm what you’ve pretty much decided,” Lewis said. “If the site visit checks out, then there’d be the process of negotiation.”

The board won’t announce the new superintendent until the basic contract details have been hammered out.

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