Hamburg Central School Board members have interviewed two of three candidates for superintendent, and plan to talk to the third hopeful on Tuesday.
The two interviewed this week are sitting superintendents: Jeffrey R. Rabey of the Depew Union Free School District and Dawn F. Mirand of Mount Morris Central School District. The third candidate yet to be interviewed is the current interim superintendent, Richard Jetter, sources said.
The original timeline called for the interviews of the three candidates to take place this week, but Jetter is out of town this week.
Vincent Coppola, the search consultant for the School Board, identified Rabey and Mirand after they met with a focus group made up of community members separately on Tuesday and Wednesday. The candidates also met with the School Board for a dinner interview at Mangia Restaurant in Orchard Park.
Mirand, who has been superintendent at Mount Morris for three years, was in Hamburg on Tuesday. The Mount Morris School Board has renewed her contract for five years, Coppola said.
“That tells us she’s doing what they expect of her and more,” he said.
Mirand has ties to Western New York, however. She was an elementary principal at Lake Shore for five years, and was a full-time administrative intern and acting assistant principal at Clarence Middle School, Coppola said. She also was a science teacher at Clarence.
Rabey is completing his fourth year as superintendent at Depew, and he was superintendent for Lake Shore for five years. He was a special-education teacher at Pioneer Central in Yorkshire, principal of Warsaw Central High School and director of secondary education in the Lancaster Central School District. Rabey also is president of the Erie-Niagara Superintendents Association.
“He is the most experienced superintendent of the three that the board will be interviewing,” Coppola said.
Jetter was hired in 2011 as assistant superintendent of human resources and technology in Hamburg. He also served as an elementary principal in the North Tonawanda School District and served as interim and assistant principal in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.
He was named interim superintendent last July after Superintendent Steven Achramovitch announced his retirement.
The focus group, which is allotted one hour and 15 minutes with each candidate, prepares a report with strengths and areas of concern for each candidate for the School Board, Coppola said. The focus group consists of teachers, central office administration, building level administrators, support staff, high school student, parents and community members.
“I’m hoping, whoever gets the job, the entire board, the entire staff, the entire community will get behind the new superintendent because they have a tough job ahead of them,” Coppola said.