TROY - It looks like the search for a new superintendent in the Troy Area School District could soon be over.

According to a school board agenda, the Troy Area School Board will vote on hiring a new superintendent this month.

The agenda notes that the board will vote on hiring W. Charles Young for the top position. His name is listed under the "employment" section.

Board member Michael Olsyn said Young is from Phillipsburg in the central part of the state, and has strong academic credentials. He has been pursuing his doctorate, Olsyn said.

Olsyn said he was very impressed by Young. "He was comfortable with the board, asked and answered lots of questions with the board, and he was actually an excellent interview," he said.

According to Olsyn, the board has looked at more than a dozen candidates. He said the vote would occur at the May 18 meeting.

Acting district superintendent Donald Butler was not available for comment. He has been filling in as interim superintendent since former superintendent Robert Grantier resigned about a year ago.

There is also some shuffling of administrative positions on the agenda.

The proposed transfers are as follows:

- Susan Shipman from elementary principal to another district administration position, effective July 1; the other position is not specified

- Steve Brion from assistant middle school principal to elementary principal, effective July 1 with a salary of $84,257.28

- Robin Tomlinson-Clarke from director of support services to assistant elementary principal, effective July 1

Olsyn declined comment on the proposed moves.

In addition, the board will vote on a 2010-2011 special education contract with BLAST Intermediate Unit No. 17, as well as an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) agreement and technology services agreement with the IU.

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