Tonawanda News

The City

August 31, 2012

District begins search for super

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Ogivlie assured the group that he would provide guidance and specific guidelines so that the process will be as low-stress as possible.

Member Sharon Stuart also rose the possibility of a residency clause that would require the superintendent to live in the city.

“It was a huge, huge bone of contention when Vantine didn’t live here as an outsider at the time,” Stuart said. 

Ogilvie said residency clauses are on the decline and some board members rose concerns about such a clause limiting the pool that applies. The board eventually decided to recommend residency but will not necessarily make it a deal-breaker. 

The board also discussed the salary range that will be posted on the position’s advertisements. Ogilvie provided information on other area district superintendents’ salaries — which range from $128,000 in the smallest district, about a third of Tonawanda’s size, to $200,000 in the largest district, four times Tonawanda’s size. Vantine was highly experienced as a superintendent and was paid $158,000. 

Board members discussed a variety of salary ranges, but eventually agreed on a salary not to exceed $160,000.

“We need to find someone with a lot of experience with so many big things coming up,” Stuart said. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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