By Terry Duffy
The Lewiston-Porter Central School District Board of Education announced its selection of three candidates for Lew-Port superintendent of schools this week.
Elizabeth Bajor, district clerk/secretary to the superintendent at Lew-Port, said the three candidates are Paul Casseri, current principal at Lewiston-Porter High School; Donald Wheeler, superintendent of schools at Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District in Bainbridge, New York; and Mary Beth Scullion, assistant superintendent at the Tonawanda City School District.
Casseri was appointed high school principal at Lew-Port in October of 2005. He served as principal of South Park High School in Buffalo from January 2003 to October 2005. Prior to that, Casseri was assistant superintendent for human resources for the Frontier Central Schools from November 2001 to January 2003.
Wheeler was appointed superintendent of the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District in July 2011. Prior to that, he served as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Hudson Falls Central School District.
Scullion has been associated with Tonawanda City Schools. She previously served as interim principal at Tonawanda High School and, prior to that, was assistant superintendent for instruction for the district.
On March 11, 16 and 18, each finalist will spend the entire day meeting with the various groups in the Lew-Port district (teachers, external stakeholders, students, support staff and administrators). They will interview the candidates and provide the Board of Education with critical feedback.
Superintendent search consultant Clark Godshall, district superintendent of Orleans/Niagara BOCES, said Wheeler will meet with the stakeholders March 11, Casseri on March 16, and Scullion on March 18.
From there, each candidate will meet in open community sessions with similar opportunities for input from 6 to 7 p.m. March 11, 16 and 18 in the Lew-Port Community Resource Center boardroom on the Creek Road campus. The respective candidates will discuss their qualifications and respond to questions from the community.
"The board is very pleased with the quality of all the applications that were received," Lew-Port Board of Education President Jodee Riordan said. "The three finalists have the desired professional qualifications and attributes that the board is seeking for this critical leadership position."
All interested individuals and representatives from stakeholder groups are encouraged to attend the public forums.
Lew-Port Superintendent Chris Roser previously announced his plans to retire at the end of the current school year. Over past months, the BOE has been involved with Godshall in an extensive search process for Roser's replacement.
Godshall said 10 applicants applied for the position.