Superintendents of three New York State school districts have been named finalists for the $110,000-a-year post as superintendent of the Genesee Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
Beverly L. Ouderkirk, who has been superintendent of the Valley Central School District in Orange County since 1993. She supervised the planning and promotion of a $22 million bond issue at Valley Central, which has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students and a budget of $38 million.
Ms. Ouderkirk was also superintendent of the Tioga and Morristown Central School districts. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Oswego State College.
Robert W. Smith, who has been superintendent of the Elba Central Schools in Genesee County since 1988. He is past president of both the Genesee Valley BOCES Superintendent's Association and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia.
Smith was the high school principal in Elba from 1981 to 1988, and was chairman of the social studies department for the Pembroke Central Schools from 1973 to 1981. He earned degrees at Valparaiso University and Brockport State College.
Marilyn C. Terranova, superintendent of the South Lewis Central School District since 1995. Prior to that, she was superintendent of the Crown Point Central Schools and coordinator of staff and curriculum development at the Saratoga-Washington-Warren BOCES.
Ms. Terranova, who has published papers on shared leadership and interagency partnerships, earned degrees from Fredonia State College, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University at Albany.
Public receptions will be held for Smith on Nov. 30; for Ms. Ouderkirk on Dec. 1, and for Ms. Terranova on Dec. 7. They will all take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the C.G. May Occupational Center, 27 Lackawanna Ave., Mount Morris.
Those who attend all three sessions will be asked to complete an evaluation form that will be submitted to the Board of Education, which is expected to make the final selection next month.
A nationwide search produced 24 applicants to succeed C. Edward Moore, who retired this year after nine years as superintendent, said Andrea Walton, the district's public information coordinator.
Tod Eagle, superintendent of the Monroe II BOCES, has served as acting superintendent during the search.
Genesee Valley BOCES includes 22 school districts covering all of Genesee and Livingston counties, and portions of Steuben and Wyoming counties.