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The Tonawanda City School Board Thursday selected six superintendent candidates for preliminary interviews during the first week in November.

The decision followed a closed session with Donald A. Ogilvie, superintendent of the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, who heads the search, and 20 members of the citizens committee that screened the applicants.

Ogilvie said that the six candidates are all experienced administrators and that the list comprises both men and women. He declined to release any other information.

Board members are seeking a replacement for James C. Holler, who plans to retire after the first of the year. 1.

Trustees reviewed applications, resumes, references and other material on 13 applicants before narrowing the field. There were originally 20 candidates, but Ogilvie said seven chose not to continue the process.

After the preliminary interviews, the board will pare the list to three, and the screening committee will interview those individuals Nov. 15. Trustees will observe those sessions and then hold another round of interviews, possibly with just two of the candidates.

The board wants to appoint a superintendent at the Dec. 4 meeting.

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