Lowville Community Helps Select Next School Superintendent

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The Lowville Central School District has been fortunate. While other school districts in the area are struggling to survive, Lowville has mostly avoided disaster.

That's due in large part to a deal with the Maple Ridge Wind Farms that provides millions to the district every year.

But parents say there's more than that to the success of the school: consistency in leadership.

Unfortunately, they say, that's about to change.

"For the first time in the last 80 years, there is no in-house candidate," said Lowville grad Wayne Mihalyi.

With long-time Superintendent Ken McAuliffe set to retire at the end of the school year, Lowville is looking for a replacement.

Three of 29 candidates are left and officials asked the community to help find the right person to lead the school.

"This is a very important part of the process, because the superintendent will need the support of the community," said Jay Boak, superintendent of the Jefferson/Lewis BOCES.

Members of the community showed up Thursday night to do their part, armed with pens, paper and questions.

"I'm interested in how they come across to the people interviewing them and how genuine they come across," said parent David Young.

"I think it's important to get a feel of the candidates in order to best judge what their commitment is to the community," Mihalyi said.

With input from the community, officials say school board members learn more about the candidates.

"To determine whether or not their perceptions of the candidates match their perceptions that they come away from in the initial interviews." Boak said.

With help from the community, officials say they hope to have their choice for the next superintendent by the middle of next month.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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