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April 10, 2014

Saranac Central selects new leader

SARANAC — Jonathan Parks has been chosen as Saranac Central School District superintendent.

Now High School principal, he was selected from among 17 applicants, five of whom advanced to first-round interviews.

“Jon Parks, as a dedicated, valued member of our district for more than 12 years, stood out as the most qualified candidate,” School Board President Tracy Allen-Waite said in a press release.  

“He has demonstrated strong leadership skills, a commitment to excellence and extensive knowledge in the area of curriculum. 

“Mr. Parks knows the district, the students, the parents and the community.”

The School Board appointed him to the post at its meeting Monday night; he will take the helm on July 1.

His salary for 2014-15 will be $140,250, according to district Business Administrator Danielle McAfee.

The board had increased the pay range of between $125,000 and $160,000 offered during the first search to between $130,000 and $165,000 for the second to encourage a larger pool of candidates.

DELAYED RETIREMENT

Parks will step into the shoes of longtime Superintendent Kenneth Cringle, who had delayed his retirement a year after an initial search for a new district leader, launched in December 2012, produced only a few candidates for the job.

This time around, he’s on track for a June 30 departure.

The School Board was “very impressed” with the pool of applicants that surfaced during the second effort, Allen-Waite said, also expressing complete satisfaction with the guidance and search services provided by Champlain Valley Educational Services Superintendent Dr. Mark Davey and his staff.

“The expertise and professionalism of the CVES District Office staff was immensely helpful in guiding us through the search process,” she said in the release. 

“(And) the Saranac Board of Education would also like to thank the community and all of the stakeholders involved for their valuable input in selecting a new educational leader for the district.”

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