July 27, 2013

BCSD narrows superintendent candidates

BEEKMANTOWN — Beekmantown Central School has narrowed its superintendent search down to two local candidates.

Daniel Mannix and Christopher Mazzella were named finalists following two public forums when four candidates introduced themselves to the community and shared their visions for the district.

Also previously considered for the position were Dr. David Glover, superintendent of Morristown Central School in St. Lawrence County, and Lisa Grenville, supervisor of special education at the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

In determining the two finalists, the School Board and stakeholder committee considered the feedback of their members, as well as that of forum attendees.

Beekmantown School Board President Debbie Passno said the board will conduct final-round interviews of Mannix and Mazzella on Tuesday and hopes to select a superintendent by midweek.

The candidate chosen will replace Scott Amo, district leader of six years, who will retire on Aug. 14.


A resident of the Beekmantown School District, Mannix described himself to forum attendees as a creative problem solver, good listener, tough decision maker, proven team builder and believer in collaboration and partnerships.

In his current position as deputy human-resource director and labor-relations specialist for Champlain Valley Educational Services, Mannix noted, he provides guidance and council for more than 20 of the area’s sitting superintendents and assists schools in developing budgets and negotiating contracts and shared-services agreements.

“I have a working knowledge of the Beekmantown School District,” he said.


Mannix’s vision for the district is to provide “progressive educational programming with a sustainable financial future.”

Accomplishing that, he said, requires expanding both online learning and technology, as well as partnerships with private businesses.

BCSD, Mannix said, is fortunate to be surrounded by natural resources, a growing wine industry and enterprises such as CVPH Medical Center, Luck Brothers Inc. and Nova Bus.

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