Jeffery L. Ziegler serves as interim superintendent
Jeffery L. Ziegler is serving as interim superintendent of schools until June 30, 2020. The Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education announced this news at their Oct. 8, 2019 meeting and appointed Ziegler as interim superintendent at their Nov. 12, 2019 meeting.
The Board of Education is currently considering candidates for the superintendent position according to the process explained below.
In early September, the DCS Board of Education announced that Duanesburg Superintendent of Schools Frank Macri had accepted a new position as superintendent of the Voorheesville Central School District, with anticipated departure from DCS in mid-December. The board is working with the Capital Region BOCES to conduct the confidential superintendent search.
Applying for the superintendent position
Information was provided for individuals interested in applying for the position of superintendent of the Duanesburg Central School District about the position; the district, its students, staff and community; and the application process. The application period has ended.
Community input sought via survey
The board and BOCES sought community input through an online survey that was live through Oct. 24. District residents were encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas by participating.
Community meetings gathered input
Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy led two community meetings in the high school library/learning commons on Oct. 9 – one for district faculty and staff and one for local residents – to gather input on what they see as the district’s strengths and opportunities for growth and what qualities they’d like to see in a new superintendent.
Thank you to all who participated in the meetings. The information gathered is being shared with the Board of Education and, along with results of the online survey, is being used to prepare informational materials for those applying for the superintendent position.
The following frequently asked questions and answers explain the superintendent search process.
Is the Board of Education conducting the superintendent search on its own?
The board is working with the Capital Region BOCES central administration to conduct the confidential search.
What is a confidential superintendent search?
A confidential superintendent search means that all applicants for the position of superintendent of schools will apply directly to the BOCES consultants. BOCES and the board will work together to identify, from the entire applicant pool, who meets our criteria and who we would like to interview. The board will see ALL applications, but they will be submitted first to BOCES.
Why is a confidential search necessary?
This process is followed to attract sitting superintendents and other education professionals who may prefer that their candidacy for the Duanesburg position not be made public. Without confidentiality, there is often a very limited pool of candidates for the position of superintendent. Conducting a confidential search increases the likelihood that the most qualified candidates will apply for the position.
Are there opportunities for public input in such a search?
Yes! With the BOCES consultants, the district released a community survey through the district website, SNN and One Call Now. On the survey, community members were asked to give input on the following questions:
- What are the strengths of the Duanesburg Central School District?
- What needs to be improved?
- What characteristics and personal attributes should the new superintendent have?
- What will the new superintendent need to work on first?
- Do you have any additional thoughts or comments?
The survey was available online through Oct. 24. Community meetings also were held to collect feedback from attendees. All input given by the community is taken into consideration the DCS Board of Education throughout their interviewing and vetting process.
What are the steps in the process?
Interested candidates had until Dec. 2, 2019 to mail application materials to the BOCES consultants. The search consultants and DCS Board of Education review applications and conduct interviews. Selected applicants complete at least two rounds of interviews with the board.
Once a candidate is chosen, they will be vetted through a process led by the BOCES team before a formal offer is made. The board expects that the new superintendent will be appointed during late winter and for a July 1 start date.