The Niskayuna school board has conducted five in-depth interviews in its search for a new superintendent.
Capital Region BOCES Superintendent Anita Murphy updated the public on the confidential search, which began in late August/early September, during a Tuesday evening meeting.
A confidential search limits interviews of applicants to mainly school board members.
While Murphy did not say how many people applied, she did indicate that there were applicants from outside the state.
BOCES Deputy Superintendent Lauren Gemmill said they were pleased to see so many viable candidates apply for the position.
All applicants were vetted during a 30 to 40 minute interview with Capital Region BOCES personnel.
During those short interviews, Murphy said the applicants were asked not only why they chose to apply to Niskayuna but also about other information on their resumes. She said applicants asked questions as well.
“Trying to give people as much information as they can give them and find out as much information as we can,” she said.
Murphy said the applications of those who are qualified–people who are certified to be a school district superintendent in New York–were passed on to the school board for review. Out of state applicants were sent to the certification office to become New York certified in order to be a viable applicant.
The board’s members then spent time reviewing the applicants.
“I will say this board decided they wanted to talk to a whole bunch of people,” Murphy said.
The board also conducted its own screening interviews, asking each applicant it was interested in the same questions to create a fair process, Murphy said.
In-depth interviews of five candidates were then completed, Murphy said.
Murphy said hopefully by January the board’s members will decide what it wants to do next.
“The board has been wholeheartedly engaged in serving obviously the community but first and foremost the students in this process,” Gemmill said. “It has been a pleasure to work with you.”
Board President Kim Tully said the guidance during the process has been extremely helpful.
“None of us on the board have hired a superintendent before so it’s been very helpful,” she said.