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Frontier superintendent search is extensive and inclusive, says board

HAMBURG — The search for the next permanent superintendent of the Frontier Central School District is one that is taking into account the opinions of all involved in and around the school community, as well as reaching out to a wide variety of candidates, according to the board of education.

The Dec. 17 meeting of the Frontier Central School Board included discussion about the district’s specification development report for the superintendent search. It was noted, in a resolution, that School Leadership LLC was submitting the search and that a recruitment letter was being prepared, printed and mailed to approximately 1,400 superintendent candidates, nationally.

Other advertising specifications regarding the superintendent vacancy include posting in two issues of the national publication “Education Week,” print and online; a 30-day posting on the website of the American Association of School Administrators; a 30-day posting on the NYS Council of School Superintendents; a 30-day posting on the website of the School Administrators Association of New York State and a 30-day posting on the website and advertisement in one publication of the NYS School Boards Association.

The resolution that contained these specifications was unanimously approved by the board.

Board President Janet Plarr thanked the focus groups – made up of school and community members and students – for being actively involved in the search process thus far; she added that 144 individuals attended the initial focus group meeting with search consultants.

A total of 88 persons completed an online survey that delivered feedback such as outlining desired qualities and parameters of a future superintendent candidate.

“What they gave [the district] was what they are looking for in a superintendent,” Plarr said, about the feedback submitted by the focus groups and their meeting with the search consultants.

Frontier High School senior and ex officio student representative Andrew Bojanowski asked if students are getting a list of superintendent requirements, to which Plarr responded they would, with school administrators’ forwarding a specification report and cover letter listed on the district website, with a further explanation.

Paul Hashem has served as the district’s interim superintendent, during the permanent superintendent search.

In other meeting news:
– District officials approved the appointment of Jennifer Makowski as principal at Pinehurst Elementary School, beginning Jan. 3.

– The board recognized the Frontier High School girls varsity volleyball team for winning the Section VI Class AA title, this fall. Officials also congratulated the following First Team All-WNY athletes for the fall: A.J. Licata, football – Class AA defensive player of the year; Branden Galanti, soccer – Section VI player of the year; Sydney Rojek and McKayla Brooks – volleyball and Dylan Durni – volleyball.

– Matt Kinn bowled a perfect 300 game for the boys bowling squad.

– Also recognized were the Frontier recipients of the 2014 Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Student Star Award, which congratulated Hamburg-area students who “significantly impact their school or community.” This year’s winners included Andrew Bojanowski, Marianna Butera, Gina Calaiacovo, Kathleen Crewdson, Brendan Curran, Sarah Fronczak, Samuel Pezone, Sydney Rojek and Helen Trojanovic. The individuals were selected for their “creativity, communication skills, work ethic, perseverance and other character traits that shape young people into productive and committed members of the business world and community.”

The annual award dinner to honor these students will take place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant.

The next meeting of the Frontier Central School Board will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Frontier Educational Center, located at 5120 Orchard Ave. in Hamburg.

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