A third finalist for the job of superintendent of the Frontier Central School District is scheduled to spend Monday touring the district and undergoing a series of interviews.
School Board President Gerald Baldelli Thursday described the person as "a sitting superintendent who has been successful" in another district.
The interviews will include one by a 14-member focus group that includes students, teachers, support staff and community members.
The candidate will be interviewed again by the board Monday evening and if there is strong support from board members the next step will be to visit the candidate's school district and interview staff and students.
"If it's the person we want, we would still have to negotiate a contract," Baldelli said.
The search is in its sixth month, but additional candidates were sought after neither of the two finalists gained overwhelming support from among the nine school board members.
"You don't want to come in [as superintendent] with a split board," Baldelli said.
The district has had two superintendents in 22 months and three in five years and the search is not something to be rushed, he said.
"It is our greatest challenge as a board of education to select a superintendent."
He said the district is fortunate to have David Kurzawa as interim superintendent because he has experience and is willing to remain indefinitely. Kurzawa retired from Pioneer in 2002 after 13 years as superintendent. He has also served as interim superintendent for the Silver Creek and Southwestern school districts.
Twenty-five applicants were reduced to three finalists, but then one dropped out and the board decided to seek additional candidates.