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Waynesboro schools superintendent search nears end

August 20, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board did not announce a new superintendent on Tuesday as expected, although the board president said the decision could be made public around the time school starts.

"That's possible. ... If negotiations that are under way now are productive, we might have a special meeting," board president Stanley Barkdoll said.

Barry L. Dallara retired from the administrative helm of the district in April.

Barkdoll said the first round of the search yielded 13 applications and the second round had "five to eight." Four evenings of interviews narrowed the field to a pair of finalists.

The public had the opportunity to submit questions to be used during the interviews. Barkdoll said the hiring process was not opened up to reveal the finalists and give the residents an opportunity to question them publicly because the superintendent works closely with the board, almost as a nonvoting member.

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"We opted to keep the process close to home," he said.

Barkdoll said the board is working as quickly as it can and said there was no special reason for the delay.

If the board hires someone from outside the district, that person's district has the right to keep him or her for 60 days, according to Barkdoll.

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