December 10, 2012

Saranac begins superintendent search


---- — DANNEMORA — The Saranac Central School Board has begun searching for a district superintendent to succeed Kenneth Cringle.

During a recent meeting, board members met with Champlain Valley Educational Services Superintendent Craig King, who will serve as the district’s search consultant.

“Craig has a wealth of experience in securing superintendents for the various districts,” Cringle said at the meeting.


King and board members agreed on a preliminary timeline for the search process, which places a new Saranac Central superintendent being hired sometime in May 2013 and taking office on July 1.

Cringle announced late last month that he will retire from the post effective July 1, 2013, after eight years as superintendent and 35 years of service to the district in various capacities.

With the help of King, Saranac Central will conduct a statewide search for Cringle’s successor and will advertise the position’s salary range at $125,000 to $160,000.

In addition, the board will conduct a survey of district residents in hopes of learning what characteristics community members would like the school’s next leader to possess.


The deadline for superintendent applications is March 22, and the board anticipates conducting first-round interviews with candidates the week of April 15.

Second-round interviews are expected to take place during the week of April 22 and will be conducted by a stakeholder committee, comprising Saranac Central students, administration, non-instructional and instructional staff, community members and parents. Each of the six groups will be given three seats on the committee.

Administrative, non-instructional and instructional staff participants will be chosen by their union groups’ respective leaders, while the names of students, parents and community members who wish to take part in the stakeholder committee will chosen by drawings.

Members of the committee must be available to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Saranac High School to formulate questions to ask superintendent candidates during second-round interviews.

Parents and other district residents who wish to become members of the stakeholder committee should contact Saranac Central District Clerk Linda Tedford at 565-5612 or by Friday, Dec. 21.


Following second-round interviews of superintendent candidates, the board will host a public forum at which the candidates will introduce themselves and share their visions for the district.

The board will meet again with King to discuss the search during the School Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The board meeting was originally planned for Feb. 5, but was rescheduled.

King also served as the district’s search consultant in 2005, when the board last sought a new superintendent of schools and, ultimately, chose Cringle for the job.

“We were here in 2005, when we all worked together, and we ended up with a great superintendent, and we can all work together again and hopefully do the same thing,” King told board members at the recent meeting.

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