by John M. Burkhart, Superintendent of  Schools

You may know by now that I am planning to leave my position as Superintendent of Schools of the Andes Central School District at the end of this school year. I have had a wonderful time as your Superintendent of Schools, however, I am also looking forward to new challenges and interests as I embark upon different pursuits. This brings me to the discussion of selecting my replacement.

In November the Andes Board of Education selected our ONC BOCES District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Warchol to act as the search consultant in finding an administrator to become the Andes School Superintendent starting in July 2003. Dr. Warchol met with the Board of Education to develop the criteria and time line for the selection of a new Superintendent. They created a brochure and advertised the position throughout the state. Candidates for the opening have until February 21, 2003 to submit their applications and credentials. The Board of Education will select several candidates to interview. Two or three candidates will then be asked to return to the district for second interviews. The Board of Education will then offer the position to the successful candidate sometime in April so that the new Superintendent can start work on July 1st.

The Andes’ School District is looking for a strong educational leader who has had experience as a school administrator. Candidates must have demonstrated experience in the development of curriculum and instructional programs, knowledge of school budgets, and have the ability to interact successfully with the board, staff and community. Residency in the school district is encouraged but not required. The salary range for the new Superintendent will be $85,000 to $95,000 depending upon the candidate’s experience. The candidate must possess or be eligible for certification in New York State as a School District Administrator.

The Andes Community has a lot to offer the new school Superintendent. Andes is rich in community tradition of which the school is a local focal point. Locally residents make use of the community pool, library and history museum. Andes’ quaint shops and restaurants add to the warmth and welcoming atmosphere of the community.

When the new Superintendent takes office he or she will find an excellent school with an excellent staff of 25 teachers, 3 computer labs, and a distance learning room. The community is very supportive of the school.~

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