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Four candidates apply for Massena superintendent job

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MASSENA - The Massena Central School Board of Education will be going back out to look for more candidates to fill their upcoming superintendent vacancy after they received four applications in their first effort.

In the meantime, two sitting superintendents have expressed an interest in leading the district 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 in its search.

“s 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, Massena Board of Education members said they were hoping to receive more applications for the position, which is currently held by Roger B. Clough II.

Mr. Clough, who has been with the district since 1995 as a teacher and administrator, had notified them in June that he did not wish to renew his contract, which expires on June 30. He intends to officially tender his resignation on or about June 1.

They said that, by interviewing interim candidates with prior superintendent experience, “the board will be in a position to secure steady, proven leadership for the district while extending a wider superintendent search into the next school year, to solicit a candidate pool that has a sufficient number of quality candidates that reflect the size and diversity of the Massena community.”

Massena is one of three school districts that had or is conducting a superintendent search.

The others are St. Lawrence Central School and Norwood-Norfolk Central School.

Mr. Burns said he’s 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 between $120,000 and $150,000 based on the successful candidate’s experience and training.

The position also offers “an excellent fringe benefit package,” according to the recruiting brochure, as well as a three-year contract with “renewals contingent upon successful performance evaluations.”

But, Mr. Burns said, that might not be enough compared to what other school districts in the state would be able to offer.

“It’s not like we have any hard data. You’re making assumptions when you get a candidate pool like that. I thought the Massena board put a very competitive salary out,” he said.

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