Canajoharie Central School District’s Superintendent Search Update

The Canajoharie Central School District’s superintendent search is well underway.

The Board of Education received 29 applications for the position by the Dec. 21 deadline, and on Jan. 24 trimmed the list of candidates to six. The board will meet next week to narrow the list to three finalists.

In mid-February, former Superintendent Richard Rose, who is serving as a search consultant, will visit the finalists to observe them in their current districts. During the last week of February, each of the three finalists will spend a day in Canajoharie, speaking to staff, faculty, and administrators. They will tour district facilities, including the bus garage, and visit the village.

Community members can ask questions of the individual candidates during public forums to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, Wednesday, Feb. 27 and Thursday, Feb. 28. Each event will last approximately one-half hour during which candidates will answer questions submitted in advance by members of the public.

Following the forums, the Board of Education will meet with each candidate one last time. The new superintendent is expected to be named in early March.

Members of the public can email candidate questions to Please include as the subject the forum date(s) you plan to attend with “Question for the candidate” in the subject line.

The superintendent search began in early October following the announcement last summer by the district’s current superintendent, Deborah Grimshaw, that she would retire June 30, 2019. Grimshaw has served the district for seven years.