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Committee whittles down school superintendent candidates

Posted: October 30, 2012 - 7:39pm

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The search committee for Columbia County’s next school superintendent has tentatively narrowed the list down to four unnamed candidates.

The group discussed 18 potential candidates by number Tuesday during a meeting at the county’s Board of Education office. The candidates’ names will remain private until the finalists are chosen.

Current schools Superintendent Charles Nagle announced in July that he would retire after the 2012-2013 school year.

Applications for the position were accepted through Oct. 17, and members of the committee have been reviewing and ranking the candidates since.

The 14-person committee, which began meeting in September, is made up of current school board

members, community members, school principals and incoming board member David Dekle.

The committee started at the bottom of the list with the lowest-ranked candidates and eliminated small groups after discussion.

Candidates were eliminated for various reasons, which included limited or a lack of leadership and teaching experience, jumping from jobs and dated reference letters.

“We have the ones that stand out, and the ones that fall out,” said school board Chairwoman Regina Buccafusco.

The four candidates selected by the committee will now undergo further evaluation by the school system’s human resources department.

The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Board of Education office on Hereford Farm Road. During that meeting, candidates as well as interview questions will be finalized.

The school board’s five members will then conduct interviews with the top finalists.

“It depends on whether they’re going to wow us when they’re face-to-face with the five of us,” said board member Roxanne Whitaker.

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