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Three superintendent hopefuls to meet with public

January 03, 2007|by DON AINES

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The names of the candidates have not been released, but residents of the Tuscarora School District will get the opportunity later this month to meet and ask questions of the three contenders to replace outgoing Superintendent Thomas Stapleford.

School Board President Jane Rice said she is following a Pennsylvania School Boards Association recommendation not to give out the names of the three people. However, each will be available during separate public meetings in the James Buchanan Middle School auditorium, she said.

One-hour meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, Thursday, Jan. 18, and Tuesday, Jan. 23, she said. Each candidate will make opening remarks and community members will then be able to ask questions, Rice said.

The three candidates were interviewed separately by the board in executive session Dec. 18, Rice said. About a dozen people applied for the post, she said.

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Stapleford is resigning after more than three years as superintendent to take a position with the graduate education program at Temple University's Harrisburg, Pa., campus. His last day is Jan. 12.

Rice said the school board will appoint an acting superintendent from the district's administration at its Monday meeting.

A final decision on Stapleford's successor, she said, will come within a short time of the final candidate meeting Jan. 23.

Rice said the Pennsylvania School Boards Association was hired by the district to assist with the superintendent search, including advertising in statewide and national publications. A member of the association will moderate the community meetings with the candidates, she said.

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