MIDDLEPORT — The Royalton Hartland school board has received 21 applications in its search for a new district superintendent.

The board is aiming to have current Superintendent Roger Klatt's successor hired by March, when Klatt plans to retire.

The district's search consultant, Clark Godshall, superintendent of the Orleans-Niagara BOCES district, said the Roy Hart opening was posted across New York state, through school board associations, and nationwide through superintendent associations. Letters were sent to colleges across the country as well.

Some of the applicants are from outside New York state. The search has generated an unusual amount of interest, Godshall said; 21 is the highest number of candidates for a superintendent's post that he has seen in at least five years. This is the 68th superintendent search that he has led, he added.

"There is a lot of interest in this position," Godshall said. 

School board President Sara Fry said she is "very pleased with the large number of applications, their diverse experiences and the backgrounds of the candidates.”

The school board will conduct initial interviews with applicants to narrow the field; its goal is to have finalists identified in early January. Community sessions are scheduled to take place the week of Jan. 8.

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