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MASSENA — The Massena Central School Board of Education will look for more superintendent candidates after receiving only four applications.

In the meantime, two sitting superintendents have expressed an interest in serving on an interim basis, and they will be interviewed soon, according to Thomas R. Burns, superintendent of the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which is assisting the district.

“They got four applications for the regular superintendent piece. Two individuals contacted my office and said they’d be interested in applying, but only on an interim basis. As of July 1, they would be either retired or free to do that work on an interim basis,” Mr. Burns said.

In a release issued Thursday, school board members said they were hoping to receive more applications to replace Roger B. Clough II. Mr. Clough, who had notified them last year that he did not wish to renew his contract when it expires June 30, is expected to tender his resignation June 1.

Massena is one of three local school districts that have had or are still conducting a superintendent search.

The St. Lawrence Central School District initially had 10 candidates apply for the position, and hired Stephan J. Vigliotti Sr. to replace Stephen M. Putman. Mr. Vigliotti is the outgoing superintendent at the General Brown Central School District.

Norwood-Norfolk initially had 14 applications to replace Superintendent Elizabeth A. Kirnie, who also is retiring at the end of the school year. James D. Cruikshank, principal of A.A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam, has been hired for the job.

Mr. Burns said he is not surprised by the number of candidates for the superintendent positions. “We’ve been struggling to get about a dozen applicants in most places,” he said.

Massena’s recruiting brochure listed the salary range as $120,000 to $150,000 based on experience and training. But, Mr. Burns said, that might not be enough compared with what other districts in the state could offer. Superintendents in more affluent areas of the state tend to be paid more, he said.

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