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Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:06 p.m.

Quaker Valley school board members will begin interviewing superintendent candidates later this month, district leaders said.

“We are pleased with the quantity and quality of the applicant pool,” board Vice President Rob Riker said. He also serves as chairman of the personnel committee.

Superintendent Joseph Clapper has said he plans to step down in September from the post he has held since 2007.

School administrators would not say how many candidates could be interviewed.

“There is no magic number,” district spokeswoman Tina Vojtko said. “The school board will interview as many qualified applicants as necessary in order to find the right educational leader to serve as Quaker Valley's fifth superintendent.”

Riker said he expects the board to make a decision by the end of the school year.

Administrators said they will use data collected from a community survey last month by Allegheny Intermediate Unit staff members.

“Parents, community members and staff provided important information regarding the attributes and characteristics that they value most in a school superintendent,” Vojtko said. “They shared what they perceive to be the biggest challenges facing Quaker Valley throughout the next several years.”

Vojtko did not discuss specifics of survey responses.

Board President Sarah Heres said information from the surveys would be used to create interview questions and to “better define the needs of the school district moving forward.”

A job ad posted through April 7 through the Mechanicsburg-based Pennsylvania School Boards Association said board members were seeking candidates with knowledge in school finance, budgeting and “cost-effectiveness strategies with the capacity to develop and maximize human and financial resources in today's changing fiscal landscape.”

The ad said leaders require a candidate to have a doctorate and that salary is “negotiable and will be competitive, based on experience, education, other qualifications and board criteria.” Clapper's annual salary is $157,564, Vojtko said.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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