The search for a new Bayport-Blue Point superintendent is full into the final stages with the second round of candidate interviews completed as of last week and reference checking on those potential hires taking place this week.
The Bayport-Blue Point School Board of Education is planning to meet this week to determine the finalist list, and that maybe one individual or several, according to BOE President James March.
“If the BOE decides on one candidate then we’ll do the background check and the contract negotiation will start,” he told Patch Monday.
In the case of multiple finalists the BOE will have to determine how to pare down the field of candidates.
“If the BOE can’t decide upon a definitive candidate there is the option or re-opening the search, “ said March. “The board wants a unanimous consensus is determined not to settle,” he added.
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The search was initiated in late Spring after former school chief Anthony Annunziato, who served as superintendent for seven years, announced he was leaving as of the end of June to take on the same role at Smithtown School District.
The district is currently paying Neil Lederer, a retired superintendent, on a per diem contract basis to run the district. While he has a one-year contact he was guaranteed four months of employment as BOE members expressed that they hope to have a permanent school leader in place by the end of October if possible.