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Board starts new search for head of district

After two years without a school superintendent, the Lewiston-Porter School Board last week launched a new search to fill that post.

Board President Robert L. Laub said the board met for 19 minutes in executive session "to get something started."

Afterward he said, "I've been empowered by the board to go out and make the contacts required to help us find a new superintendent. I'll be doing a lot of that over the next week or so to see what we need to do so I can come back to the board with that information."

The board has been without a chief executive since former Superintendent Whitney K. Vantine left the district in August 2005 to take a job with the Cold Spring Harbor District on Long Island.

Since that time, Assistant Superintendent Don W. Rappold -- who normally handles district finances, personnel and building operations -- also has had to take on the role of academic leader with the title of interim superintendent.

The old board headed by former President Davis S. Schaubert was happy with Rappold at the helm, and many members wanted him to take the job. Rappold, however, insisted he did not want the job, noting that things like curriculum and academic expertise were not his specialty. "I'm just not that guy," he has told The Buffalo News.

In previous interviews, Schaubert said the board had looked privately at several possible candidates but was never able to bring someone in to take the job.

Laub said the new initiative will be more intensive, with the hope of finding a new superintendent sometime during the coming school year.

In other news, Laub said the Elementary Parent-Teacher Association has donated $14,000 to the school district to help pay for field trips this year for pupils at the district's primary and intermediate education centers. PTA President Cindy Duke said the money was raised through the group's chocolate sale.


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