School Board Selects Superintendent Search Consultant

The Jamestown Board of Education recently chose Western New York Educational Service Council to aid in the search for a new superintendent.

The board held a special meeting Thursday night, and announced their choice Friday morning.

According to the district, the council contracts with school districts to recruit superintendent candidates. Districts are provided with extensive candidate recruitment, credential reviews and on-site consultation throughout the process of searching for a superintendent.

On average, 20 sets of credentials are reviewed during each search before a district’s board reaches a final decision on a candidate.

Former Superintendent Tim Mains left the district after accepting another position as Pine Bush Central School District’s superintendent. Mains had been the superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools since 2013.

At Main’s last board meeting in February, Board President Paul Abbott said a consultant would be chosen some time in March, and he had hopes of interviewing candidates by April.

“Of course, my hope would be to have somebody in place by the first of July, but our goal would be to have somebody in place by the time the school year starts on Sept. 1,” Abbott said at the time.

However, Abbot added it is important to spend the right amount of time to find the right person.