Ten candidates apply for Massena superintendent position, process may involve swapping with other school districts
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 6:20 am

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- Interim Board of Education President John Boyce said Thursday night 10 people thus far have applied for a permanent superintendent post and the process may involve swapping candidates with other districts.

Boyce said his candidate-swapping idea came from a succession-planning workshop he recently attended where he picked up the idea of speaking with other districts to see if a candidate that doesn’t work in Massena could work there or vice versa. He said this could extend to teachers – if Massena had a teacher on a call back list and a neighboring district didn’t have anyone certified for that post, they could potentially go to the neighboring district instead.

Superintendent Thomas R. Burns told the board last month that a replacement for interim Superintendent of Schools William Crist should be in place by March 3. Crist was appointed June 20 for the 2013-14 year and began duties on Aug. 1 at a salary of $143,000.

The new district head will make up to $150,000 depending on past experience, Boyce said last month.