BOE moves forward with superintendent search

The effort to find a new superintendent for the Liberty Central School District is moving along. The district’s school board has settled on a search firm to help find the next superintendent and hopes to have that person in place by July 1, 2018.

At its Aug. 22 meeting, the Liberty Board of Education selected the Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC) as the district’s search consultant. The group will help to assist the board of education with candidate recruitment, credential reviews, and consultation in the hiring process. WNYESC has conducted over 450 superintendent searches on behalf of various New York State school boards and takes pride in its attention to detail.

The district will use WNYESC to conduct a series of community focus groups to determine the most important characteristics for the new leader. The firm will then cull through applications to produce some finalists to be vetted in public. Meanwhile, the day-to-day operations of the district will be handled by Mrs. Carol Napolitano, who took the helm as interim superintendent on July 1.

“I encourage the staff and community to stay informed and take part in the conversation. We value your input. I contend that Liberty needs the best of the best and deserves to have just that,” Mrs. Napolitano said.

“Throughout the year, we will be sharing information with you regarding this process and will be asking for your involvement. Our intent is to have our next Superintendent board appointed by April with a start date of July 1, 2018.”