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Pioneer School District is inching closer to filling its administrative vacancies, the Board of Education learned at its Oct. 5 regular meeting.

Interim Superintendent Dennis Ford told the board in his report that initial meetings have been held or scheduled as the district searches for a new superintendent, Delevan principal and high school principal.

"The interview committees for the elementary and high school have been put together," Mr. Ford said. "Invitations have been sent out for the first meeting of the Delevan stakeholders on Oct. 13, and the initial meeting of the high school committee is Oct. 17."

At these meetings, members will be asked to identify the characteristics and qualities they would like to see in a new principal, and will be surveyed about the needs of the buildings in which they will serve. They will also discuss the steps of the search process.

Mr. Ford said so far there are 19 candidates for the elementary principal post and "it's a pretty good pool." Fourteen have applied for the high school opening. 

He said administrators have started to review candidate materials (the jobs have been posted for a month), and added he expects the committees to narrow the search to five to seven semi-finalists and ultimately issue their finalist recommendations to the board later this fall.

The stakeholder committee for the high school has 28 members and represents faculty, administrators, staff, students and parents. The elementary committee has 26 members and does not include any students, Mr. Ford said.