LOWVILLE — The Lowville Academy and Central School Board of Education will be asking the community to “interview” the two finalists being considered for the superintendent position in a public session on April 9.
A recruiting process that began months ago, led by District Superintendent of Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Stephen Todd, has culminated in the selection of Rebecca Dunckel-King, superintendent of the Remsen Central School District, and Tina Lane, assistant superintendent for instruction at the Oneida City School District, as the finalists.
Advertisements placed by the board in professional journals and newsletters nationwide netted resumes and credentials from 14 people. After reviewing all of the applicants, the board interviewed the top three on March 14, ultimately choosing Ms. Lane and Ms. Dunckel-King for the final recruitment round.
On April 9, the candidates will each have 45-minute sessions throughout the day with key groups, including the administrative staff, students, supervisors, support staff and teachers.
From 6 to 8 p.m., community members are invited to come to the large group instruction room at the high school to hear from each candidate and ask them questions. Every person who attends any of these sessions will be invited to give comments about — and impressions of — each candidate in writing to the board.
“Both candidates are north country natives and I think that’s what appealed to the board,” Mr. Todd said.
Ms. Lane has been in her current position with the Oneida City School District for the past three years and was the junior and high school principal for General Brown Central School District from 2008 to 2016.
Having had her start at General Brown as a sixth-grade teacher in 1995, Ms. Lane was also the instructional technology specialist for that school until 2008.
After earning her bachelor’s degree cum laude in psychology with a minor in elementary education from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, Ms. Lane attended SUNY Potsdam for her master’s degree in instructional technology and media management in 1999.
Ms. Lane has her permanent state certifications for district administrator, school administrator and supervisor, pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and school media specialist in educational communications.
Ms. Dunckel-King has been in her current position for the past two years and was the principal at Beaver River High School from 2012 to 2017. She was the district data coordinator for South Lewis Central School District from 2011 to 2012 and the interim principal at Sackets Harbor Central School for the first part of the 2010 school year.
Ms. Dunckel-King earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from SUNY Oswego and her master’s in special education from SUNY Potsdam in 2007.
She also has state professional certifications as a school building and district leader, and permanent certifications in special education and grades 7 through 12 English.
Both candidates completed the superintendent development program at SUNY Oswego, Ms. Lane in 2014 and Ms. Dunckel-King in 2015.
The current superintendent, Cheryl R. Steckly, has been in the position since 2012 and was the elementary school principal from 2007 to 2012. Mrs. Steckly will be retiring this summer.
For more information, contact the Lowville district office at 315-376-9000.