John DiNicola

Margate Superintendent of Schools John DiNicola.

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MARGATE — The Board of Education has been interviewing candidates for the position of interim superintendent to replace retiring Superintendent John DiNicola and could be making a selection by the next regular board meeting Wednesday, March 7.

DiNicola will retire at the end of the school year.

The board has conducted three interviews in executive session, and was scheduled to hold another meeting to bring back two candidates Tuesday evening, Feb. 13, after this newspaper’s deadline.

“We had initial interviews with four individuals, and one dropped out,” board President Jim Olivo said in a telephone interview Tuesday morning. “We are having another executive session tonight to bring back two of them.”

Olivo said the board received about 10 applications and board narrowed the field to four. Interviews were held with two candidates at a special meeting Tuesday, Feb. 6, and another candidate was interviewed during an executive session held at the end of the regular board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Olivo said the board is close to making a decision on who will lead the district until a permanent superintendent can be hired. An interim superintendent can serve for up to two years. The selected candidate will start July 1, when DiNicola retires, he said.

“We can decide later how long the person will serve. The selected candidate can help guide us through finding out next long-term superintendent,” he said.

Olivo said all of the candidates interviewed are “local and familiar with our district.”

“It was our objective from the beginning to find someone who knows and understands our school district,” he said.

The appointment could be made as soon as March 7.

“We believe that after tonight’s meeting, we will have all the information we need to make a decision," Olivo said.

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