Tonawanda News

April 16, 2014

Ken-Ton chooses seven semi-finalists

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The Ken-Ton School District has chosen seven semi-final candidates who will be interviewed for the position of superintendent, Board of Education President Bob Dana said.

“In the end, we are all very pleased with the quality and depth of the candidates, thereby increasing the likelihood of having a new superintendent in place prior to Superintendent Mark Mondanaro’s departure on Aug. 1,” he said.

Applications for the position were due April 4, and on Thursday, the board and representatives from the superintendent’s office met with the district’s consultant to review the applications. 

Many of the applicants have experience as superintendents, while others have worked in a district’s central office.

“As we expected, the candidate pool was not large. However, what it lacked in quantity, it made up for in quality. We were extremely pleased to find a good number of very well qualified applicants,” Dana said.

The Board of Education will interview the seven semi-finalists next week. The body will then identify between two or four finalists, who will be invited back for a day-long event, which will include interviews and a tour of the district.

Two stakeholder groups will be part of the final interviews, Dana said. The groups will consist of 14 to 18 individuals, including teachers, support staff, building administrators, parents, students and residents.

Those interviews are tentatively set for May 6, May 9 and May 12.

“Stakeholder participants will be contacted soon to determine their availability and willingness to participate,” Dana said.