The search for a new superintendent of schools for the Binghamton City School District entered its final phase on March 8, when the board of education selected three finalists from an initial pool of 15 applicants. At the outset of the search process, consultant Allen D. Buyck, District Superintendent of Broome-Tioga BOCES, worked with board members and representatives from six stakeholder groups to create a profile of skills, knowledge and personal characteristics that were used to identify five first-round candidates. Board members then narrowed the field to three finalists via face-to-face interviews held in February and early March.
The list of finalists is as follows:
- Dr. Joseph Prisinzano - assistant to the superintendent - Jericho UFSD
- Dr. Tonia Thompson - interim superintendent - Binghamton CSD
- Mr. Lawrence Wright - superintendent - Solvay UFSD
In keeping with the board's desire to seek out and consider input from a broad array of stakeholder groups, representatives from the six stakeholder focus groups referenced above (support staff, parents/community members, teachers, administrators, students and central office staff) will have an opportunity to interface with each of the three finalists and share their impressions with the board. Final interviews will take place in the coming weeks and the board hopes to select a final candidate by the end of March.