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Hamburg School Board to discuss search for interim superintendent

Hamburg Central School Board members will meet Tuesday evening with their search consultant to discuss hiring an interim superintendent.

They will be looking for someone to take over for Richard E. Jetter, who was placed on administrative leave after Hamburg Village Police charged him with falsely reporting his car had been vandalized.

Jetter, who admitted to police he struck a utility pole in Buffalo, has not resigned, although district officials are hoping he will step down soon.

Longtime educator Vincent Coppola, who has served as superintendent in several districts, is conducting the search for an interim. It is expected the interim would work through the coming school year.

“The interim will have an important job to do in trying to rebuild the trust,” Coppola said.

Coppola conducted the search that led to the appointment in March of Jetter, who had been serving as the interim superintendent.

“The challenge will be the same as it was in the first search,” he said, “trying to recruit folks who clearly understand what they are getting in to.”

Coppola is charging the district just for expenses for this search. It will take hard work to find a permanent superintendent for the 2015-16 school year, he said.

“Hamburg is a top 10 district. It’s got a good staff in place,” he said. “We need to ensure the Board of Education is functioning as a team, because that will be important to recruit candidates to the job.”

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building, 5305 Abbott Road. The board plans to go into executive session then, and does not plan to have any public session items.


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