Search for super in final stages

MIDDLEBURG – The search for Midd-West School District’s next superintendent has entered its final stage.

In a press release emailed to The Sentinel on Monday, school board President Victor Abate said the board is tentatively set to introduce the finalist to the staff and community during meetings on June 2. The times and locations of the meetings are not finalized, but a session for staff is expected in the late afternoon followed by a session for the community in the early evening.

The MWSD Board of Directors has been seeking a new superintendent since former superintendent Wesley Knapp resigned in October. Acting superintendent Daphne Snook is currently suspended.

Out of 16 applicants for the position, the board selected 12 candidates to further review. Six semi-finalists were invited back for second-round interviews, according tot he press release.

When the reference check process has been completed to the satisfaction of the board, the finalist candidate will be announced and the second round of interviews will close, according to the release.

Appointment of the new superintendent is anticipated at the June 9 board meeting, according to the release.

“We know that many are anxious regarding the process of hiring a new superintendent, but that also the majority of the community wishes the district to move forward,” Abate said in the release. “I am very proud of how my colleagues on the board, the administrators, teachers and all the staff in the district have come together in this process to work for the good of our students.”