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3 finalists for school chief to visit next week

The three finalists to replace Salamanca City Central School Superintendent J. Douglas Hay will visit the district next week.

Earlier this month, the School Board interviewed seven candidates to replace Hay, 63, of Panama, who will retire June 30.

The three candidates, who live outside Cattaraugus County, are:

*Robert Breidenstein, of West Seneca, currently assistant superintendent of pupil personnel services for the Tonawanda City School District in Erie County. He will visit the district Monday.

*Maureen Donahue, of Portville, currently superintendent of Friendship School District in Allegany County. She will visit the district Wednesday.

*Larry Ljungberg, of East Aurora, who last served through June 30, 2010, as principal of JFK High School in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District in Erie County. He will visit the district Tuesday.

Each candidate will visit each school, meeting administrators, teachers and members of the community. Each also will be interviewed by School Board members at 7 p.m. on their appointed days in the Old Library Restaurant, Olean.

The board has been assisted in the search by Dr. Robert Olczak, superintendent of the Cattaraugus-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

The board is expected to name a superintendent in May.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the superintendent's office to adopt a budget for the Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES. Board members also will vote to fill three BOCES board vacancies. Unopposed candidates, each for a three-year term, are: Charles Joyce, Brian Eaton and Brad Sande.

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