FONDA-The search continues for a new superintendent for the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District, and some steps have been made toward finding a permanent replacement.
Fonda-Fultonville Central School Interim Superintendent Patrick Michel said the school board has narrowed the field down to six candidates. The Board of Education interviewed three candidates Wednesday night and another three Thursday night.
Michel said over the next couple of weeks, the board will narrow the field to a final three candidates, interviewing them again and having them spend a day in the school before a final decision is made.
Michel said he hopes the final decision can be made by the first week of November.
Michel was named the interim superintendent after former Superintendent James Hoffman left to become the superintendent at the Averill Park Central School District in June.
In August, Michel reported more than 40 people applied for the job. 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 semi-finalists to interview," Michel said in June.
As the interim superintendent, Michel said, he's looking for a replacement who can keep the district's reputation in good standing.
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Michel reports class and club adviser positions have been successfully funded through donations, allowing some events such as the Junior Class Prom and senior graduation to take place as usual. Previously, the funds raised for these events were held up during negotiations between the district and teachers after massive budget cuts voted in during the spring.
Vic Suchocki, a member of the Fonda-Fultonville Booster Club, said while fall sports have been funded, some money is still needed for winter sports. To raise funds, Suchocki said, Brown's Ford in Johnstown will host a fundraiser called "Drive One For Your School." She said if 350 people test-drive Fords on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., the dealership will donate $8,000 to the Booster Club.