Tuesday, December 2, 2008


The Buffalo News reports on the search for Bona's replacement. My first thought: "$150,000??!! Are you kidding me??!!!"

Strong lineup seen for school chief job

It appears the Royalton-Hartland School Board may find a new school superintendent in February to replace the retiring Paul J. Bona. Bona is set to retire June 30 after 10 years at Roy-Hart’s helm.

Clark Godshall, superintendent of the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services, is assisting Roy-Hart with its search for a new educational chief. He said last week that things have been moving well and he expects to have a good lineup of candidates for the board to consider within the next 10 days.

“We’ve been advertising for about two months and expect to receive anywhere from 15 to 17 applications by Dec. 5,” the deadline for submissions, Godshall said. “After working on 29 superintendent searches, this is probably one of the strongest pools of candidates I’ve seen. About half of them are experienced school superintendents. I think that’s a very good sign,” Godshall added.

He said he will open and review the applications on Dec. 5. “After that the board will be able to review them and screen the number of candidates down to about six semi-finalists before the holidays and do some interviewing in that time,” Godshall said.

In January, the board will narrow the field to three or four finalists. Then the candidates will come here for a day to speak to stakeholder groups like the teachers and the administrators and meet with the board again. Hopefully, in February, the board will pick a candidate and start negotiating a contract, he said.

He said the board has set the maximum salary at about $150,000, which may include money for fringe benefits. He said salary and benefits will all be up for negotiation.

If all goes well, Godshall said the board should be able to appoint a new superintendent by March 1. He said the new superintendent would probably not be able to start here until June 1 so he or she can give the current district 90 days notice before leaving.

He said he has been working with the various stakeholder groups to develop the questions they need to ask the candidates when they meet with them in January.

Source: http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/niagaracounty/story/509975.html