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Midlakes’ superintendent search down to two finalists

The search for a new superintendent to take over leadership of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District (Midlakes) is down to two final candidates, both of whom began their careers as social studies teachers.

All-day interviews with multiple stakeholders will be conducted in the district Monday with Jeramy Clingerman, the current superintendent of Marcus Whitman Central School (Gorham-Middlesex CSD), and Matthew Sickles, principal of the high school in the Schuylerville Central School District in Saratoga County.

The candidates were among five finalists who were interviewed during the first two weeks of July, from an original pool of 15 applicants. The board of education, meeting Monday, agreed to move forward the candidacies of Clingerman and Sickles.

“I think the board feels that the two candidates are very viable and would be a good fit for our schools,” said interim Superintendent Patti Larche. “I think when they completed their review of the candidates, after the initial interviews, they felt that the two were probably the best fit for our district.”

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