Jeff Crane's tenure as Superintendent of West Irondequoit School District is coming to an end with his retirement in the New Year, but that doesn't mean the district is going to rush to find a replacement.
Board of Education President John Vay says they retained a consultant which met with a number of focus groups and held community forums, while reviewing nearly 400 responses to an online survey.
Vay says going forward at this point, it will be a confidential search process, and the board is prepared to put an interim leader in place, if needed.
"Right now we're focused on the best candidate pool we can. And we think the confidential search process is the best for that. And then, from there, once we have our pool, we'll look for the best candidate," he said.
Based on input from the public and analysis from a consultant, the board has determined the ideal candidate for the job will possess a number of skills, including being a successful educator with teaching and building experience, be a creative thinker and visionary, and respectful listener and communicator, among other characteristics.
Vay says the West Irondequoit School District's website will provide updates on the search process.
He says input from the public has proved invaluable as they continue the work of selecting the next Superintendent.