PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City School District has chosen finalists for two administrative positions.The community will be able to meet the candidates at public forums this month.In May, the School Board plans to appoint an assistant superintendent for business and a principal of Bailey Avenue Elementary School, with the person filling the latter position also serving as the School District's director of special education."They are all fully qualified and come with the experience that we are looking for," Plattsburgh City School Superintendent James "Jake" Short said.
The finalists for principal and director of special education are Claudine Selzer-Clark and Diane Thompson.Selzer-Clark is chairperson for Plattsburgh City School's Committee on Special Education and Committee on Preschool Special Education.Thompson is principal of Rouses Point Elementary School.Short said both finalists have the background the district is seeking.Selzer-Clark earned a master's degree in special education from Plattsburgh State and is state certified as a school administrator/supervisor.Thompson has a master's degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina and is state certified as a school district administrator.
John "Jay" Lebrun is the sole finalist for the position of assistant superintendent for business. There were two finalists for this position, but one was offered a salary increase to remain at a current job."We are going to continue on with the process," Short said.Despite having only one finalist, continuing with the hiring process allows the screening committee to do its work and the public to meet the candidate at a forum, he said."They'll be able to see how this person presents himself publicly and further go through values and background."The School Board will also conduct another interview with Lebrun."If it still comes to pass that the individual is our choice, then we are ready for me to make a recommendation," Short said.
The School Board could also decide to do another round of interviews with candidates not previously chosen, re-advertise for the position or possibly advertise for a different position and look for an individual with a Civil Service appointment. That latter choice isn't the route the School Board would like to go, though."Plattsburgh should be able to find a highly qualified, fully certified person, and we do have that with this individual, and now we need to finish the process," Short said.The business administrator should want to become involved with the community and live in the City of Plattsburgh, Short said."I feel the City of Plattsburgh and greater Plattsburgh area have worked extremely hard to attract business and find people who want to do more business with us," Short said."Maybe it's our turn to try to help to bring business to the area."Lebrun is assistant superintendent for business and operations at Norwood-Norfolk Central School District. He received his master's degree in business administration from Clarkson University and is state certified as a school business administrator.
District officials were pleased with the candidate pool and feel all the finalists have the proven ability to do the job, Short said.The process has involved teachers, parents, board members and administrators, and Short said all bring different strengths to the search committee."That really adds value to the whole process."The School Board expects to appoint someone to the positions at its May 2 meeting.Short encouraged the community to attend the forums this month."The School District needs to continue to work with the community so we are reflecting the needs of the community. We want to make sure everything we do is transparent."