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Hamburg to interview superintendent candidates

Hamburg Central School Board members will be interviewing candidates for superintendent Monday evening. Again.

This is the third time in the past year the board has looked over resumes for the top job in the suburban school district that takes pride in being one of the top performing districts in Erie County.

But controversy outside the classroom has plagued the district of about 3,700 students for several years:

• Superintendent Steven Achramovitch retired abruptly in August 2013 when a new majority came on the board.

• Superintendent Richard Jetter, appointed in March 2014, was placed on leave and then resigned in October 2014.

• The School Board removed Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci in September 2014.

The School Board had selected a new superintendent and was negotiating a contract with him when he decided earlier this month to stay in his current school district.

There were 19 applications for the superintendent’s post then, and the School Board is taking a second look at some of those candidates, and also reaching out to other candidates within New York State.

The board will interview three candidates Monday night during an executive session that starts at 5:30 p.m. at the administration building, 5305 Abbott Road.

Interim Superintendent Vincent Coppola, who is conducting the search, said he thought the board might interview four to six candidates in this round, and then narrow the field before choosing a finalist.

“I’ll bring in as many as the board wants to interview,” he said.

Coppola said the board plans to bring the finalists in to tour the district and greet members of a focus group made up of students, staff and parents, as it has in the past.

Coppola’s contract as interim superintendent, which was to expire Jan. 31, has been extended through June 30.