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Three finalists for Lewiston-Porter school superintendent will attend community forums this month

LEWISTON – Three educators have been chosen as finalists for the top job in the Lewiston-Porter Central School District, and the community will be invited to meet with each candidate to discuss their qualifications from 6 to 7 p.m. March 11, 16 and 18 in the boardroom of the district’s Community Resource Center.

The three finalists for the position of superintendent announced Tuesday are: Donald W. Wheeler, superintendent of the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District; Paul J. Casseri, Lewiston-Porter High School principal; and Mary Beth Scullion, assistant superintendent of the Tonawanda City School District.

The candidate selected will succeed longtime educator R. Christopher Roser, who announced early last year that he planned to retire from his role as superintendent at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.

Each candidate will meet separately with various stakeholders, which includes teachers, external stakeholders, students, support staff and administrators. The stakeholders will be asked to interview and provide feedback to the Board of Education. Community sessions will be scheduled in the evening on the same dates and also offer the same opportunities for feedback.

One candidate will be available each evening on March 11, 16, and 18 to take questions and discuss qualifications.

“The board is very pleased with the quality of all the applications that were received,” Board of Education President Jodee Riordan said in an announcement of the community sessions. “The three finalists have the desired professional qualifications and attributes that the board is seeking for this critical leadership position.”

All interested individuals and representatives from stakeholder groups are encouraged to attend the public forums.

Clark J. Godshall, Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services superintendent, is acting as search consultant and will conduct the sessions at the Community Resource Center, 4061 Creek Road.