Principal search drawing to an end

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL

“I think it says a lot about the reputation of our system,” said Superintendent Dr. Stephen Douglas.

What he was referring to was the number of applicants for the soon-to-be vacant high school principal job.

The opening was created when long-time high school principal Keith Bender was approved to transfer to a central office position.

Since the job was posted on April 28, there have been 59 applicants for the position, according to Douglas.

“We’ve had a broad range (of applicants),” he said.“There have been applicants from as far away as Texas and Missouri and we’ve had plenty apply that were exceptionally qualified.”

From the original 59, Douglas said he narrowed it down to several finalists. He spoke with nine different applicants about the job and formally interviewed five.

“I feel really good about the finalists. All are quality people and quality administrators and really any of the five would make a good principal.

“However, I have made a selection and I will be going back over references and checking background information. I hope to be able to talk to that person and make an offer this week.”

Douglas said that Keith Bender will remain as principal through the month of June and he hopes to have the new principal approved by the board and ready to start on July 1.