The Iroquois School District is looking for its next superintendent. It's down to three candidates, and Wednesday, Shane Murray, a former principal in the district, was in the hot seat.
"It would be very nice to be back here again. The community pride in the school and in this district is something to be marveled, and I would like to be a part of that."
As we've reported, previous superintendent, Dr. Sam Signorino, was placed on administrative leave after allegations that he used school district facilities and staff, to work on his car. An investigation found he did nothing wrong, yet he resigned at the end of January.
Iroquois is the second district in our area to deal with superintendent headaches. Millcreek Township experienced the same thing earlier in the year. Murray, the current superintendent in Jamestown School in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, said it's actually happening all across the state.
"It is a high stress, high energy job. And it's becoming more difficult to do in this time where economic conditions are deteriorating as they are."
The average span of a superintendent in Pennsylvania is 2.4 years. Residents in the Iroquois School District said they're looking for a superintendent to lead the district for the long haul.
"That's probably the wish of every district that goes through this process," said Bill McLean, who has two sons in the district. "So if for nothing else, we don't have to come here every two years and spend three night and interview candidates."
Not many turned out for the public portion of the interview. Those who were there, say that's very troubling to them.
"It is very disappointing that there's not people, more people, out showing interest in this because I think the superintendent being in charge of the whole school district is a very important position that we should be concerned about," said Charles Curtis, a resident in the district.
On Friday, the search will continue. Residents will have opportunity to meet the third and final candidate.
District leaders have not set a time table for when a decision will be made.