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 in the search for a new DCS superintendent. BOCES will begin advertising the position in late October, with information about any candidates remaining confidential during the search.
Community input sought via survey
The board and BOCES are seeking community input through an online survey through Oct. 24. District residents are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas by participating in the survey.
Community invited to Oct. 9 meeting for input on new superintendent
The Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education is seeking to fill the position of superintendent of schools and invites local residents to participate in a Community Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Duanesburg High School Library/Learning Commons. The meeting will last about an hour, and all are welcome to attend. A meeting for DCS faculty and staff will be held earlier in the day.
Jeffery L. Ziegler to serve as interim superintendent
The Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education announced at their Oct. 8, 2019 meeting that Jeffery L. Ziegler will serve as interim superintendent of schools while a search is conducted to fill the 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?
Yes! With the BOCES consultants, the district released a community survey through the district website and One Call Now on Sept. 25. On the survey, community members are 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 will be available online for approximately one month. Community focus groups will also be held to collect feedback from attendees. All input given by the community will be taken into consideration by members of the DCS Board of Education throughout their interviewing and vetting process.
Interested candidates must submit all application materials to the BOCES consultants by Dec. 2, 2019. After that date, the search consultants and DCS Board of Education begin the interview process. Selected applicants will 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 in the spring.