The Schenectady City School District has announced its three finalists for the superintendent’s position.
The final candidates are Scotia-Glenville Central School Superintendent Susan Swartz, Cortland Enlarged School District Superintendent Laurence Spring and Fallsburg Central School District Superintendent Ivan Katz.
Each of the candidates is scheduled to give a public presentation and participate in a 30-minute moderated question-and-answer session. The first with Spring is set for tonight. Swartz will have her turn on Tuesday and Katz will face the public on Jan. 31. All three forums will take place at 6 p.m. at Paige Elementary School at 104 Elliott Ave.
About the candidates:
Spring has been superintendent of his 2,800-student district for six years. Before that, he was assistant superintendent for instruction at Wayne Central School District in Ontario, N.Y. for five years from 2001 to 2006.
He has also served as director of student learning at Churchville-Chili Central School District in Churchville from 1999 to 2001 and assistant principal from 1998 to 1999. He began his educational career as a social studies teacher and taught at East Irondequoit Central School District for five years. Spring obtained a bachelor’s degree in history/psychology from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Rochester and is expected to complete this year a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University.
Swartz has been superintendent of the 2,900-student Scotia-Glenville district for six years. Before that, she was with the Shenendehowa Central School District, holding positions as assistant superintendent from 2001 to 2005, director of student services from 1997 to 2001 and coordinator of instructional services from 1994 to 1997.
She began her educational career a teacher of students with special needs and taught for 16 years, eight in Shenendehowa. Swartz obtained a bachelor’s degree in special education/psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh, a master’s in special education from Russell Sage College, school district administrator certification from The College of Saint Rose and is expected to complete this year a doctorate in education from Russell Sage College.
Katz has been superintendent of the 1500-student Fallsburg district for six years. Before that, he was superintendent of Eldred Central School District from 2003 to 2006 and a principal in Eldred for five. His other administrative experience over the years includes serving as dean of students, middle school principal and high school assistant principal. He began his educational career as an English teacher and taught at Liberty Central School District for four years. He obtained a bachelor’s in English/education, a master’s in educational administration from the University of Albany as well as an doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Schenectady has not had a permanent superintendent since July 2010 when the Board of Education bought out the contract of former Superintendent Eric Ely, who then departed for a job in Massachusetts. Former Shenendehowa Superintendent John Yagielski has been serving as interim superintendent but intends to leave that position before the end of the school year.