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The field of candidates for the next superintendent of the Hamburg Central School District has been narrowed to five applicants, with the board expected to whittle that even further -- to two front-runners by Tuesday.

Board Vice President Eileen Rucker said that two more interviews need to be done with the five candidates before narrowing the field to two. The board will meet in closed session next week as it narrows the pool of candidates.

Hamburg has been looking for a superintendent since April, when Donald A. Ogilvie resigned his position to become superintendent of the Erie I Board of Cooperative Educational Services. He had been Hamburg's school superintendent since 1989.

The board advertised the position with a yearly salary of $105,000 for a three-year contract. Board trustees have previously indicated they would like a new superintendent in place in November. Associate Superintendent Edwin Osborne has been working as the interim superintendent while the position has remained vacant.

The top two candidates then will be invited to meet with school groups for community input. Board trustees cautioned that those meetings will not be held for decision-making purposes.

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