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Publicize Hiring Process For Superintendent

February 15, 2013

Five years ago, a poor hiring process still led the Jamestown Public Schools district to the right superintendent....

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Feb-15-13 4:49 AM

Left unquestioned is who or what gets to choose which three candidates resumes would be posted?

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Feb-15-13 4:50 AM

Good editorial; your recommendations make sense.

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Feb-15-13 9:37 AM

No, not everyone wins. Suppose the public input favors one candidate a lot more favorably than the other two, yet the school board does not choose the public's choice? The P-J doesn't have to look for an example any further than the recent events surrounding the no sale of the county home. Who is writing these editorials?

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Feb-15-13 12:45 PM

mrinbetween: As in any hiring process somone will always be the winner. I don't beleive that this was aimed at basing a decsion on popularity. What I read was creating a venue that would allow the public (parents, taxpayers, citizens) to have knowledge of top candidates that are being considered for a position that will have community wide impacts and whose salary is supported by local tax dollars. In most cases it would not change a decision but it would shed sunlight on the process and increase community support for the Board's final selection.

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Feb-15-13 1:45 PM

One could be a Nobel Laureate with a degree from Harvard and a proven track record from another District. If you don't know Betty Sue of Jim Bob guess what...? You ain't getting the job. The same goes with most gravy train hires... sad but true out here in this mecca of free thinking we call Chau. Co..

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Feb-15-13 1:59 PM

If any employer makes public the names of those whom the employer might hire, some excellent prospective employees will decline to apply. Foremost among the reasons may be that many prospective employees don't want their current employers to know they are considering a new position.

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Feb-15-13 2:21 PM

duckster is correct, at JPS it's who you know, not what you know, you could be the best candidate for the job, but if someone with "connections" applies for the same position, you bet that person will get the job, that's how JPS works

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Feb-15-13 3:45 PM

I agree.

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Feb-17-13 8:22 AM

should have to be city resident first and foremost, stop giving tax dollars away to friends from out of town , neighbor's and local tax-payers first!!

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Feb-24-13 9:07 AM

Some interesting comments here. Many I repeat many NYS School Districts now publicly announce the final candidates and where they are from. I must say also, we have an OUTSTANDING District Superintendent who is helping our district in the search. The search is being done statewide, it is well advertized:*****://netforum.avectra****/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=NYSCOSS&WebCode=Vacanciespage1. Be vigilent but give David a chance this man is a solid administrator not seen in many a year.

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