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Committee to assist Maryvale School Board in search for new superintendent

The next leader of the Maryvale School District will have to make it through two rounds of questioning from the Board of Education and a committee of community stakeholders.

After an hourlong executive session during Monday night’s meeting, the board announced that the volunteer committee will get the first crack at interviewing internal candidates for superintendent.

Last month, Superintendent Deborah Ziolkowski announced that she is stepping down after almost six years at the helm to devote more attention to being a wife, mother and new grandmother.

Her retirement was approved effective Aug. 31.

Board President Tammy McCarthy said the committee will be made up of about 10 volunteers selected by the School Board by the end of this week. The group will then interview superintendent candidates the week of June 15. Board of Education members then will speak with hopefuls June 22.

McCarthy and Ziolkowski declined to identify the candidates or how many were to be interviewed. The board also has no date in mind by which it hopes to have the new superintendent in place, McCarthy said.

Monday’s meeting was McCarthy’s last after she was defeated by Brian Pilarski during the May 19 School Board election. Ziolkowski presented McCarthy with a token of appreciation from the board and thanked her for her five years of service to the district.

Ziolkowski expressed appreciation for McCarthy’s dedication and poise under pressure, reminding the audience that board members do not receive payment for their service.

“You take a lot of heat,” Ziolkowski said of trustees.

The meeting also was Trustee Cindy Strong’s first after the election. She was sworn in immediately after her victory because she won the remainder of the seat left vacant when Julianne Renczkowski resigned in March.

The board’s reorganizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 6, in the boardroom at the Samuel R. Bennett Building, 1050 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga.