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Hamburg School Board plans to interview several candidates for interim superintendent

Hamburg Central School Board members plan to interview three or four candidates for interim superintendent.

The School Board huddled in executive session with its search consultant, Vincent J. Coppola, on Tuesday night to go over the names of more than a dozen retired superintendents who could lead the district.

The board placed Superintendent Richard E. Jetter on paid administrative leave July 23, after he admitted that he damaged his own car and was charged with filing a false police report that the cause had been vandalism.

The board also discussed Jetter’s future with the district, but members declined to give specifics of that conversation.

“We’re trying to move as fast as possible,” board President David M. Yoviene said after Tuesday’s meeting in the administration building. “We’re on a quick timetable, but we want to make the right decision.”

Yoviene said that Coppola will schedule the interviews and that the board will call a special meeting to conduct the interviews.

Board member Thomas F. Flynn III said the length of the interim superintendent’s stay has not yet been decided. There has been speculation that an interim superintendent would stay through the coming school year while the district searches for a permanent selection.

“I think that’s something we need to discuss in open session,” he said.

Assistant Superintendent Colleen B. Kaney is serving as acting superintendent, and Yoviene acknowledged that an interim choice could serve for as long as a year.