Press release of December 1, 2011
Volunteers needed to help with
BH-BL superintendent search
Total of 43 residents & staff
will help Board interview candidates
BURNT HILLS: At a meeting this week, members of the Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake Board of Education reviewed
their plans to interview superintendent candidates
in the coming months and also heard a search update from Capital Region BOCES superintendent
Dr. Charles Dedrick.
Dedrick is facilitating the process of finding
a new BH-BL superintendent
to replace Jim Schultz, who is retiring next June.
Twenty-five people have expressed
interest in the position to date, Dedrick told the
Advertising for the opening continues, and
applications are due to him by the end of December.
Three rounds of interviews of the
top candidates are planned, starting in January. The
search timeline calls for Board of Education
members to conduct the first round of interviews in
late January, at which time they are expected to identify
perhaps five to eight semi-finalists who will
continue in the process.
Next, three "stakeholder" teams of
community and staff representatives will interview
the semi-finalists on February 6, 7 and 8. These
teams will report their feedback to the Board of
Education to help the Board select
the finalists, who will then be interviewed again in
round three by the Board.
Stakeholder teams' composition
Following a lengthy discussion, the
school board agreed to use the same stakeholder
interview team composition as was used during the
superintendent search in 2003-04.
Dedrick asked that names for the
stakeholder teams be collected by BH-BL human
resources director Amy Baluch by December 21.
In addition to a facilitator, each
stakeholder team will include three or four BH-BL
teachers, three or four non-staff PTA
representatives, one or two non-staff community at
large representatives, one or two administrators,
one or two support staff, and one high school
student. Also included across the three teams will
be one exempt staff member and one support staff
All stakeholder team members will
be required to attend a training session in January
and three days of interviews in February, at
locations to be announced, as follows:
Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 pm
Days: February 6, 7 and 8, from
approximately 3:00 to 9:00 pm
Persons who can attend all four of
these days are needed to serve on the interview
Staff members who wish to
participate should contact their union president,
who is responsible for submitting the names of union
representatives to Baluch.
A total of 10 non-staff PTA members
will be needed, and the names of these
representatives will be submitted by PTA Council
president Mary Carrier. Names of the three high
school students will be coming from principal
Five community at-large
representatives are also needed. Any non-staff
residents of the district who can attend on the
above dates and are interested in participating
should send a letter to human resources director Amy
Baluch by December 21 describing their past and
present involvement with the school district.
Ms. Baluch can be reached at
or the BH-BL District Office, 50 Cypress Drive,
Glenville, NY 12302. She can also answer questions
at 399-9141, ext. 5006.
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