BARKER — The Barker Central school board has narrowed its search for a new district superintendent to three candidates.

The search has been led by the consulting firm Castallo & Silky LLC, whose principal William Silky declined to disclose to the Union-Sun & Journal the names of the finalists, citing "confidentiality" for applicants. The promise of discretion helps attract good candidates, Silky said.

The finalists, culled from an initial pool of 16 applicants, already met privately with various "stakeholder" groups in the district and the board is in negotiations with the top candidate now, board President Randall Atwater said.

If the negotiations go well and a deal is struck, the new superintendent could be named at either of the board's business meetings this month, on April 9 or April 16, Atwater said.

The district is searching for a replacement for retiring Superintendent Roger Klatt, who's planning to leave the post on June 30.

— By Connor Hoffman

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