CLYMER - The process for a new Clymer Central School District superintendent has started.
A week after Keith Reed Jr.'s body was found murdered outside his home, the district's Board of Education met to discuss starting the search process for a new superintendent during a special meeting Monday.
The board heard from David O'Rourke, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES district superintendent, who offered his assistance in the search process. O'Rourke said BOCES will provide the service at no charge, other than incidental costs like travel expenses for candidates and advertising the open position. O'Rourke said he would handle all contacts with potential candidates, if BOCES is selected to lead the search process.
O'Rourke said even during difficult times, board members have to proceed in finding a new superintendent.
''The loss of Keith Reed has affected everyone in this region,'' he said.
Ed Bailey, who was the district's high school principal, has been named acting superintendent. O'Rourke said the board can continue to use Bailey as the acting superintendent or they can hire an interim superintendent. Nancy Westerburg, board president, asked if there was a deadline for how long they can use an acting superintendent. O'Rourke said there is no limit, but it is uncommon to have one for more than a year.
The board went into executive session to continue discussing the hiring of a superintendent. Ms. Westerburg said the board was not planning to vote on any resolutions after the executive session.