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31 apply for superintendent's post

July 15, 1997

By DON AINES

Staff Writer

Washington County Board of Education officials said 31 people had by Monday filed paperwork indicating interest in the job of schools superintendent.

Applications had to be postmarked by July 11, so School Board President B. Marie Byers said it could be Wednesday before the board has a final tally on the number of people interested in the job.

Byers said five of the applicants are from Maryland and at least one is from within the county school system.

She would not give a further breakdown of the applicants, saying she had not yet provided that information to other members of the board.

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Each board member will review the applications over a two-week period before the number of semifinalists is reduced to a maximum of 10, she said. The board then will narrow the field to a maximum of four finalists.

The next step will be a series of face-to-face interviews with the finalists. Byers said the board hopes to appoint an acting superintendent by Oct. 15 at the latest.

The board is seeking a replacement for Wayne F. Gersen who resigned in June to become the superintendent of the Wappingers Central School District in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Linda Barkdoll was named interim superintendent.

The person chosen to replace Gersen will serve as acting superintendent until July 1, 1998, when he or she is expected to be named superintendent.

Among the qualifications for the position are a master's degree, at least three years of teaching and two years of supervisory experience.

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