Carthage School Board Narrows Superintendent Field To 2
Who will be the next superintendent of the Carthage school district? That's a question school board members are getting closer to answering.
They've narrow the candidates down to two finalists and spent nearly an hour and a half in executive session Monday night discussing their applications.
- Northeastern Clinton Central School District Superintendent Peter Turner, who spent 18 years in the Carthage district as a teacher and then high school principal before leaving for his current job.
- Belleville Henderson Central School District Superintendent Rick Moore.
"They're both very well qualified," said school board President Michael Chevier.
"It's a very tough decision. I mean, there's no clear stand out for either one of them. They're both very good at what they do," he said.
It's been nearly nine months since Joe Cantazaro resigned from the superintendent's job citing ethical differences with the school board.
Assistant Superintendent Jan LaRock and school Board member Terry Freeman quickly followed suit.
"I think the new superintendent will help train all of us to become a cohesive team, to help us function as one," Chevier said.
Chevier says he hopes the new hire will be someone the community can get behind as Cantazaro's replacement and help the community put the controversy which followed his resignation behind it.
"That's why we asked for input of all the stakeholders in this thing, to consider what this community and the staff and the students want," Chevier said.
Chevier says although there's no set time line, the district hopes to hire someone by July 1, when interim super Judy Waligory's contract expires, and to have the new superintendent in place by the start of the new school year.