Board Claims They're Not Rushing Search

June 6, 2012 Updated Jun 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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June 6, 2012 Updated Jun 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM EDT

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Buffalo, NY

Dr. Pamela Brown wrapped up her interview for the superintendent job this week and now all of the three finalists have met with the board. Assistant Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, Dr. Edward Newsome, and the current Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon were interviewed in late May.

It appeared the board was ready to announce their pick as early as Friday which sparked negative feedback.

Wednesday, board president Louis Petrucci called a meeting with the media to set the record straight.

"There was, I'll say this perception in the community that once we conducted the interviews that somehow the next day or the day afterwards that we would be announcing the new superintendent but there are still some additional steps that need to be put in place before we can accomplish that goal," said Petrucci.

The board says it will conduct a series of special closed-door meetings to discuss the candidates and hopefully arrive at a consensus before their public vote.

They are also working on establishing a new evaluation method where the incoming superintendent will be expected to reach certain targets.

"We're looking at a decrease in suspensions, an increase in student attendance and naturally we're taking a look at our graduation rate and putting a percentage, we'd like that to increase by a certain percentage," said East District Board Member, Rosalyn Taylor.

The board hopes to have its first executive session on the superintendent Tuesday.