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School board considers two outside candidates for superintendent’s post

The Buffalo Board of Education interviewed two out-of-district superintendent candidates on Tuesday, bringing the total number of serious contenders interviewed by the board to five.

Board members will meet again next week to determine whether they are prepared to further narrow the field to three or fewer finalists who could move on to the second round in the superintendent search process and be introduced to the community at a public forum.

The two candidates interviewed Tuesday are Sito Narcisse, associate superintendent for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland near Washington, D.C.; and Daniel A. Teplesky, who retired last year as superintendent of Monticello Central Schools, located in New York’s Catskill region.

Narcisse has been serving as associate superintendent of the 125,000-student Prince George’s County school system since October 2013. Prior to that, he held administrative positions in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, and was principal of a Boston public high school for three years.

Teplesky, who grew up in Buffalo and now lives in Orchard Park, served as superintendent of the 3,000-student Monticello school district for three years, from 2011 to August 2014. Prior to that, he served as superintendent of the smaller Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Granville school districts in Upstate New York.

The board had previously interviewed three internal candidates for the job: Kevin Eberle, principal of Harvey Austin School 97; Will Keresztes, associate superintendent for student support services; and Gregory D. Mott, principal of Grabiarz School of Excellence.

A special meeting of the board will be held next Tuesday to take action on several matters and to discuss the next steps in the superintendent search process.