Finalist candidates for openings at Waterville Central School District are being interviewed, with the goal to make appointments this month.
WCS Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Spring updated the Board of Education last week on the status of each position. The District has openings for a Business Administrator, Junior-Senior High Principal, Director of Special Education and Dean of Students.
From 12 applicants for the Director of Special Programs, the field was narrowed to four who were interviewed, Spring said. Two of those returned for a second interview recently.
From six applicants for the principal’s position, Spring said there were two strong applicants who are being interviewed. Members of the Waterville Teachers Association and students offered input on what they are looking for in a principal.
Advertising has started for the Business position. Spring said the Dean of Students position, newly created if the proposed 2022-23 budget passes May 17, will wait for after the budget vote and when the new principal can have input.
Board members opened the 90-minute meeting with recognition of the Class of 2022’s top two students. Eleonore Collins is the valedictorian and Adam Roys is the salutatorian of the class.
Principal Nick Rauch said both students carried strong academic records throughout High School. Roys is a member of the Art Club, National Honor Society and Robotics program. Collins is a class officer, Student Council officer, National Honor Society member and a three-sport athlete.
Spring also updated Board members about the steps taken regarding the fire alarm system at the Junior-Senior High. Problems began in September when the identification card on the panel burned out, and then 20 automatic alarms were triggered through March because of the construction project.
She said contractors have visited more than 10 times to address problems with the system. The panel was replaced, smoke detectors covered during construction work, then cleaned and then replaced, bases were replaced, a wiring issue fixed and on advice of vendors, the magnetic tests disabled.
A meeting earlier in the day brought more steps…