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Superintendent search advances in Akron

Akron Central's search for a new school superintendent is starting to take shape.

With the deadline for candidates passing last week, the district has received 14 complete applications, according to Donald Ogilvie, district superintendent for Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, who is conducting the search.

On Tuesday, Ogilvie led the first meeting of the district's search advisory group to familiarize its members with what will be a long and substantial process. Akron hopes to have its next superintendent in place by Aug. 20.

Ronald DeCarli, who was Akron's chief administrator since 2000, resigned in February to take the top job at Frontier Central.

"We have a vacancy, and we need a person, but what happens is a lot more than that," Ogilvie told the nearly 50-person committee of administrators, PTA members, students and community members.

The committee will interview semifinalists after the School Board screens the applications. Overall, Akron received 26 inquiries into its superintendent vacancy.

Ogilvie also stressed the importance of confidentiality to the committee.

"Much of this is done better and more effectively in an executive session atmosphere," he said.

In another matter, the School Board had its own meeting Tuesday to approve the district's share of the Erie 1 BOCES executive budget. Akron will pay 2.3 percent, or about $59,000, of the $2.8 million budget.

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