FONDA - The search for a new superintendent for the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District continues, with interim Superintendent Patrick Michel reporting more than 40 people applied for the job.
Michel said of those applicants, 25 of them are considered qualified for the position.
"They've got their certification, they have everything in order," he said.
Michel said the decision of who to pick ultimately rests with the school board. Michel said he has performed background checks on the 25 applicants, resulting in the removal of seven from consideration.
"It will be up to the board to go through the rest and see the best batch and come up with six semifinalists to interview," Michel said.
As the interim Superintendent, Michel said he's looking for a replacement who can keep the district's reputation in good standing.
"Fonda-Fultonville is one of the strongest school districts we have in the BOCES region, so obviously we are going to want someone who wants to keep them moving forward academically," Michel said. "Also, like all the districts in the region, we are facing a harsh fiscal climate, so I'm sort of hoping we get a balanced person, someone with a sound budget and business background, but also has a vision for the future."
Michel said everyone on the school board is "on the same page."
"They've been coming in, looking at the applications. We're going to set a date, probably sometime after school opens, second week of September, to formally sit down and make our choices," Michel said.
After the interviews with the prospective superintendents, the number will be cut until three candidates remain. Then, more thorough background checks and another interview for each candidate will be conducted.
Once the board makes its choice, Michel said, they would start to negotiate a contract.
Michel said he hopes to have someone in the position by December or January.
"I would have [a new superintendent] in yesterday, if I could help it," Michel joked.
Michel was named the interim superintendent after former Superintendent James Hoffman left to become the superintendent at the Averill Park Central School District.