Juniata closes in on new overseer

District negotiating contract with new superintendent

MIFFLINTOWN — Juniata County School District could have a new superintendent selected as soon as May 8.

According to Shawn Kovac, interim superintendent, a top candidate was selected earlier this week, following interviews with Juniata County School District administrators.

The district is currently negotiating an agreement with the candidate for a contract.

Because the district is still negotiating, the candidate’s name cannot yet be released, Kovac said.

If the district can come to an agreement in the near future, he expects an executive session will be held during the May 8 work session meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., and the board would hold a special voting session to hire the new superintendent.

Kovac said two candidates were asked back for second interviews Monday. During the interviews, candidates were asked to give a presentation on the community and board involvement, as well as what their first 100 days with the district would look like. Monday’s interview included feedback from administrators.

“We had two very strong final candidates,” Kovac said. “Either one would be very good for the district. We had a lot of qualified candidates apply and I think the board did their due diligence to make sure we have a long-term leader for the district. I am very pleased with what has progressed so far.”

The applicant pool started with 16 candidates. From there, Kovac said six were selected for interviews and two were brought back for second interviews.

Once a candidate is hired, Kovac said the board of directors will likely set up an event in which members of the community can meet the new superintendent.

Kovac said he will work with the new district leader to create a transition plan based on what he has learned from the district. “There’s a lot they are going to have to incorporate into their entry plan,” he said.