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Board interviewing four candidates for interim superintendent

The Hamburg School Board interviewed four candidates for interim superintendent in an executive session Wednesday evening and decided to discuss them with its consultant before making a final choice.

“We want to ask him questions about our options,” board president David M. Yoviene said after the meeting.

Yoviene said that the board will not have an opportunity to hold a special meeting on the interim pick until the last week of August, since three members will be out of town next week.

Longtime educator Vincent Coppola, who has served as superintendent in several districts, conducted the search for interim candidates. It is expected the interim would serve through the upcoming school year.

The interim superintendent will replace Richard E. Jetter, who was placed on administrative leave last month after Hamburg Village Police charged him with falsely reporting his car had been vandalized. Jetter had been appointed superintendent in March after serving as interim head.

Yoviene said that negotiations are underway between the district’s lawyer, Andrew J. Freedman of Hodgson Russ, and Jetter’s attorney to arrange Jetter’s resignation.

Yoviene added that if the resignation process is not finished by the time the board is ready to choose an interim district leader, the appointee would temporarily be named acting superintendent.