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Geneva City School District draws heat for superintendent search process

Two former Geneva Board of Education members are speaking out against the school district’s approach to searching for a new superintendent.

Jessica Bailey and Amy Jackson criticized the district’s search process at the Board of Education’s Monday, March 14 meeting. The district kicked off the search for a superintendent last week following the resignation of Patricia Garcia in February.

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On March 9, Bailey sent an email to Board President Stephanie Annear and other board members that criticized them for interviewing candidates without releasing that information to the public.

“This is definitely not transparent and honestly offensive to our community,” wrote Bailey, according to Finger Lakes Times. “I ask you to pause this process and actually listen to your community and involve them in the process.”

Annear responded by defending the process, saying “a fully open search is not attractive to an experienced candidate in good standing in their current job, and we want to attract the best possible person for this position,” while adding the initial interviews took community feedback into account.



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