July 21, 2013

BCSD to hold superintendent forums


---- — BEEKMANTOWN — Four candidates have made the cut for the post of Beekmantown Central School superintendent.

The public can get to know them a bit at forums set for Tuesday and Wednesday in the High School auditorium. 

Seven superintendent hopefuls were interviewed in the first round, then the School Board selected the four to advance to the second round of the search.

They are Dr. David Glover, superintendent of Morristown Central School in St. Lawrence County; Lisa Grenville, who recently stepped down as principal of Brasher Falls High School in St. Lawrence County to become supervisor of special education at the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services; Daniel Mannix, deputy human resource director and labor relations specialist for Champlain Valley Educational Services; and Christopher Mazzella, principal of Peru Secondary School.

“I’m pretty excited, actually, about the response we’ve had and the quality of candidates that we’re moving forward with, so I think it will be a good, positive direction for our district,” said Beekmantown Central School Board President Debbie Passno.


Two candidates will present on Tuesday and the other two on Wednesday, one at 7:30 p.m. and another at 8:30 p.m. each day.

They will each be given one hour to speak, the first 20 minutes dedicated to their education and experience. During the following 20 minutes, they will share their visions for the district, and the remaining time will be used as a question-and-answer period.

After the presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to provide the board with written feedback about the candidates.   

Passno said she hopes a good number of community members will attend the forums and provide input.

Also on Tuesday and Wednesday, the candidates will tour the school and meet with the board, as well as a stakeholder committee, which comprises Beekmantown Central staff and community members.

The board will consider the feedback of its own members, along with that of the stakeholder committee and forum attendees, when deciding which candidates will advance to the third and final round of the search.

The finalist chosen as the next BCSD superintendent will replace Scott Amo, district leader of six years. He will retire from the post on Aug. 14.

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