October 23, 2013

SCSD launches second super search

DANNEMORA — Saranac Central School has launched its second search for a successor to District Superintendent Kenneth Cringle.

The school began its initial effort in December 2012 but terminated it in March this year due to a lack of candidates, prompting Cringle to postpone his retirement plans for a year, until June 30, 2014.

“My goal is to work with you to really have a deep pool and be able to have good candidates ... that really could essentially fit your needs,” Champlain Valley Educational Services Superintendent Dr. Mark Davey told the Saranac School Board at Tuesday’s meeting.

Davey, who recently replaced retired CVES leader Craig King, will serve as the consultant for the new search; King was SCSD’s consultant for the last effort.


The board agreed to kick off the process earlier this time around, with advertisements for the vacancy scheduled to begin running in several publications throughout the state next month. The position will also be advertised in some online publications with a national reach.

The board-approved timeline calls for first-round interviews of candidates to take place in mid March, followed by second- and third-round interviews at the end of that month.

The intent is for Cringle’s replacement to be chosen in the beginning of April and take over as superintendent on July 1.

“I think this is more aggressive than last year,” Saranac School Board President Tracy Allen-Waite said of the timeline at the meeting. “I think this meets our needs.”


In hopes of attracting more candidates than before, the board decided to up the advertised salary range for the position from between $125,000 and $160,000 to between $130,000 and $165,000.

Cringle noted at the meeting that Northeastern Clinton Central School is also searching for a new superintendent, which may be helpful to SCSD’s quest.

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